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Obituary ~ Walter Ronald "Casey" Jones
December 08, 1927 ~ July 27, 2001
Walter Ronald Jones, the third of nine children, was born December 8, 1927, in Van Wert to David and Lillian Jones. He died July 27, 2001, in the Clarke County Hospital at Osceola. He was 73.
He lived most of his life in Van Wert. He married Viva McKee of Grand River on Aug. 6, 1948. They became the parents of five children. The marriage ended in 1967. He had a very close friendship with Ramona Huss of Des Moines from 1968 until his death.
Mr. Jones had a busy, productive life. He served in the armed forces and worked for 31 years for John Deere Ankeny Works. He was active in the Firefighter unit of the Shrine and built and maintained a home in Van Wert. As important as his work was to him he took time for play. He enjoyed many hours of boating and water skiing when he was younger.
The two loves of his life were his garden and his family. He was justifiably proud of his garden and its produce which he shared and showed off generously. He enjoyed family gatherings with his brothers and sisters and their families and with his daughters and their families.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Worth Jones; a nephew, Wendell Jones Jr. and a brother-in-law, Glen VanDyke.
Mr. Jones is survived by his two daughters, Linda Rex and her husband, David Rex, and Joyce Wood and her husband, Al Wood, of Newton; three sons, Eugene Jones of Redding, Calif., Richard Jones of Los Angeles, Calif. and Wayne Jones and his wife, Charlotte Jones, of Cornelius, Ore.; two brothers, Warren Jones of Des Moines and Wendell Jones and his wife, Charlotte Jones, of Van Wert; five sisters, Wynette Van Dyke of Osceola, Winona Crawford and her husband, John Crawford, of Indianola, Wanda Jones of Overland Park, Kan., Willene Arthur and her husband, Lawrie Arthur, of Parkville, Mo., Wilda Kay Kent and her husband, James Robert Kent, of Lawrence, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Viola Jones of Van Wert; former wife, Viva Jones of Newton; special friend, Ramona Huss of Pleasant Hill; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of friends.
A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Van Wert Assembly of God in Van Wert with Pastor James Black of Newton officiating. Mr. Jonesí expressed wish was donations be made to the Assembly of God Church in lieu of flowers. The cremains will be buried in the Van Wert Cemetery.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2014