JERALD A. JONES
Jerald Allen Jones (known as Jerry) was born Feb. 21, 1938 in the small town of Preston, NE. He lived in and around Falls City and southeast Nebraska for most of his life. He died peacefully at St. Ives Memory Care in Peachtree Corners, Georgia on May 31, 2014, with his loving wife Wanda, son and daughter by his side. Also, at his side, as always, was his loyal companion-Mik Jones, his loving dog.
He leaves to cherish the memories of his son, Kevin R. Jones and wife Joni, of West Des Moines, IA, and his daughter, Kimberly S. Jones Shaver, of Peachtree Corners, GA, and their families. Jerry is also survived by an uncle, Virgil M. Jones, and wife Joann, of Falls City, and their sons, Gary and Rick Jones.Also survived by four grandsons: Justin William Jones – 16, Austin Allen Shaver – 15, Jared Stephen Jones – 14 and Benjamin Eston Jones – 12.
Preceded in death by his father, William M. Jones; mother, Alma Lock-Jones-Adams; grandparents, Eston and Ida Zimmerman Jones; and two uncles, Ernest Jones and Everet Jones.
Jerry was an only son of his family and primarily raised by his grandparents Eston and Ida and had a strong desire to always do the right thing the way his grandfather taught him. He was a man of great character, deep faith, and loving spirit. At an early age drove farm equipment in the fields and learned to love the land. During high school he served with the National Guard. After high school he joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Fuji Far East Headquarters near Tokyo, Japan. He became a weatherman, mapping and doing mechanical drawings of daily weather information for the pilots.
After being honorably discharged from service, he obtained a position with the United States Weather Bureau in Kansas City, MO. There he met and married the love of his life, Wanda Jackson and on this coming June 2nd, two days shy of joyfully celebrating 53 anniversaries. He then returned to Falls City to help his father with the farms. During slow times on the farm he began on the ground floor of Cable Television, moving up to an engineer and into management, retiring after 37 years with Time Warner Cable. His work was challenging. All the while continuing his interest in farming.
He always appreciated the outdoors especially boating, skiing, along his place on the river. He loved to feel the wind in his face as he cruised around on his royal blue Gold Wing and soaring the skies in his little Cessna airplane. But he really enjoyed traveling the tributaries, whether by boat, tugboat, canoe or the big Steamboats – he loved ‘em all. His twinkling blue eyes, laughed and smiled easily, told hilarious stories, and remained the eternal optimist, lifting up all who knew him.
He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home in Falls City, with Revs. Lyle Schoen and Paul Weinert officiating. Interment will be in Steele Cemetery. Military graveside honors by Falls City Ceremonial Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home.