Joseph Franklin Jones, 90, of Hampton, and formerly Thornton, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 at the Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hampton.
A funeral Mass for Joseph was held Saturday, Sept. 8, at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Clear Lake with the Reverend John Gossman as celebrant.
Burial was in the Clear Lake Cemetery. Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapels, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be designated to Joseph Jones Memorial Fund
Joseph F. Jones was born on Feb. 11, 1922 in Emmetsburg, the eldest son of Charles and Lenora (Bough) Jones. He attended school and high school at Emmetsburg. Following his education, he entered the CCC (Civilian Conservation Commission) then enlisted in the United States Marine Crops. In 1939, he served in China during the course of World War II and was stationed in Guadalcanal engagements and served extensively receiving an honorable discharge from the Marines.
After being discharged from the Marine Corps, he worked various jobs, serving over ten years working for the Iowa Commerce Commission as an Inspector. He was also involved with Jones Trailer Leasing with outlets in Texas and Oklahoma. He also worked part-time as a policeman for several years, serving for two years as a Captain of the weekend Beach Patrol under the jurisdiction of the Clear Lake Police Department. Joe spent some years driving transport for Decker Meats, Dahlen and Ruan.
Joseph F. Jones of Emmetsburg was united in marriage to Grace (Weydert) Jones on Aug. 24, 1943 at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Clear Lake.
They spent many of their married years in the Clear Lake and Mason City area. In 1952, they lived in Tucson, AZ and spent more than 20 years of their winters in Apache Junction, AZ until the fall of 1999 and coming back summers to reside in Thornton.
Joe has been retired from active employment since 1975 but remained busy. Joe served as a volunteer medic, associated with the fire department and paramedics in Apache Junction, AZ. When in Thornton, he took an active interest in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their sporting events.
In 2008, after the death of his wife, Grace, Joe moved to Willow Pointe Assisted Living, Mason City, where he lived for four years. After many trips to Mercy Hospital, Joe moved to Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake. He spent his final months at the Rehabilitation Center in Hampton.
Joe is survived by his daughter Judy Veselis and her husband Robert, Clear Lake and Nikki Cook and her husband Dennis, Thornton; three grandchildren Chad Cook, Thornton, Lisa Cook, Thornton; Lori (Prentice) Cook-Thomas and Scot (Jill) Cook, Clive; eight great grandchildren Steven Cook, Suzanne Cook, Jayson Cook, Collin Cook, Joshua Henley, Sophia Cook, Kellon A. Cook-Thomas and Stella Cook.
Also surviving are his brother Paul (Jeanne) Jones of Emmetsburg; brother-in-law, James Farrell of Lakeland, FL; sisters-in-law Jackie Quinn of Ventura, Pauline Quinn of Evansville, MN and Barbara (Bill) Halidy of Osage; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, wife Grace, Jan. 16, 2008; two daughters, Peggy Jones and Suzanne Jones; a sister Mary Farrell and a brother Leo Jones.