Retired Army Col. Homer W. Jones, 82, a World War II staff officer who later was superintendent of Stauton Military Academy, died of cardiac and respiratory failure July 3 in a Danville, Pa., hospital.

During World War II, Col. Jones served as a judge advocate with Gen. George S. Patton's forces in Sicily, and later with Gen. Omar N. Bradley's 21st Army Group in France.

At the end of the war, he was deput chief of the supply and economics section for SHEAF headquarters, where he helped obtain food for occupied and liberated countries.

Following his retirement from the Army in 1974, he became business manager of Staunton Academy in Staunton, Va., then served as its superintendent from 1952 to 1953.

He later was business manager and controller of a boys preparatory school in New Jersey before retiring to Chevy Chase in 1963. He had lived in Vinson Hall in McLean for the past seven years.

Col. Jones was a native of Pennsylvania. He earned a law degree at the University of Louisville, a master's degree in business administration at Harvard University, and was a graduate of the Army's Command and Staff School.

He enlisted in the Army in 1917, and received his commission a year later. His military awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster and the Bronze Star Medal.

He is survived by his wife, the former Virginia Stokes, of the home; a daughter, Suzanne Fox, of New York City; a son, Hnoer W. Jr., of California; a brother, Russell M., of New Brunswick, N.j.; a sister, Louise Davies, of Millville, N.j., and two grandchildren.