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Obituary ~ Warren Donald "Chi Chi" Jones
May 07, 1925 ~ July 30, 2011
Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa
Warren Donald Jones, first born child of David and Lillian Elizabeth Houck Jones was born May 7, 1925 in Van Wert, Iowa. He died July 30, 2011 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines at eighty-six years of age.
Warren received his early education in Van Wert, graduating from Van Wert High School in 1942. He entered the United States Army in 1944 during World War II and saw combat on Okinawa, Japan.
Upon returning home, Warren attended Simpson College in Indianola. He then ran a trucking business as his father had done. He later went to work for the Iowa Department of Transportation where he remained until his retirement.
In his youth, Warren was an avid baseball player and was noted for his pitching especially his special curve ball. In later years, he took up golfing and enjoyed playing with his buddies at the Osceola Country Club where he was known as "Chi Chi." His greatest passion however, was music and dancing. He had an extensive collection of records and for many years attended dances weekly at Lake Robbins Ballroom. His sister, Wilda Kay and her husband accompanied him to one of his latest dances. At eighty-five, he could still hold his own on the dance floor.
Those relatives preceding Warren in death were his parents; son, Steven; brothers, David Elsworth and Walter R. Jones; his nephew, Wendell Jones, Jr. and brother in law, Glen Van Dyke.
He is survived by son, Stanley of Minnesota; sisters, Wynette Van Dyke of Osceola; Winona (John) Crawford of Indianola; Wanda Jones of Overland Park, KS; brother, Wendell (Charlotte) Jones of Van Wert; sisters, Willene (Lawrie) Arthur of Parkville, MO and Wilda Kay (Bob) Kent of Lawrence, KS; sister-in-law, Viola Jones of Van Wert; as well as many nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.
Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer's Association, Autism Society or Van Wert Community Center.
Kale Funeral Home of Osceola was in charge of arrangements.
[Interment was made in the Van Wert Cemetery, Van Wert, Iowa.]
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2014