He was born on June 24, 1925, in the Montana township to Glen W. “Bud” and Varyle (Jones) Jones. The family lived in rural Parsons and rural Morehead during his early years, and he graduated from Morehead High School.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a merchant marine. In his early adult years, he worked as a farmer/stockman, and for nearly 30 years he was a supervisor at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant.
He was a member and past master of Parsons Lodge No. 117, A.F. & A.M.; a member and past high priest of Parsons Chapter No. 39, Royal Arch Masons; a member and past illustrious master of Independence Council No. 15, R and S.M.; a member and past commander of Coeur de Lion Commandery No. 17, Knights Templar; a life member of the Scottish Rite at Fort Scott; a life member of Priory No. 33, K.Y.C.H.; a past preceptor of HRAKTP River Jordan Tabernacle XXXVIII in Wichita; a past sovereign of Crispus Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine in Pittsburg; a past president of the grand council of the Order of High Priesthood; a member of the grand council of Royal and Select Masters — Order of Silver Trowel; a member of the association of Past Commanders; a member of the Little Balkans Council No. 381, Allied Masonic Degrees in Pittsburg; a member of the Mirza Temple in Pittsburg; and a past patron of Parsons Chapter No. 49, Order of Eastern Star in Parsons. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge.
On Dec. 24, 1945, he married Alma L. Hornback at First Presbyterian Church of Parsons. She preceded him in death on July 6, 2006.
Survivors include two sons, Chuck Jones and his wife, Linda, of Parsons and Rick Jones of Chanute; two daughters, Joyce Martin of Parsons and Peggy Giefer and her husband, Mike, of Seymour, Ind.; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Mirl Jones of Erie and Tom Jones of Topeka; and a sister, Susie Graber of Silver Lake.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery north of Oswego. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. Monday until the service at the funeral home. Friends also may call after 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Labette Health Foundation and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.