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Curt Jones

August 20, 1941 - April 19, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Services:  10:30 am – Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Ellston United Methodist Church

Officiant: Rev. Judd Stover & Rev Terry Roberts

Open Visitation: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Mon, April 23

Family Present: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Mon, April 23 a the Armstrong Funeral Home

Military Rites: Emmett Liles Post 541 and the Iowa Honor Guard Unit        

Burial: Ellston Cemetery – Ellston, Iowa

Memorials: In his name to be decided later

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Alan Curtis Jones was born to William & Hazel (Hullinger) Jones on the family farm in rural Tingley on August 20, 1941. Welcoming him home were older siblings, Lloyd, Robert, David, Mary, Mildred & Margaret. Curt later helped welcome siblings, Lois Maxine, Kendrick, Gene & Martha. Curt passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 19, 2018.

Curt started country school north of the family home. He later attended Ellston Community School & graduated in 1959. Following high school Curt worked on the family farm milking Holstein cows until he joined the U. S. Army. He served our country from November 1963 until April 1965. He served as a company clerk. Curt was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Bragg & Seoul, Korea during Vietnam. Curt was very proud of his military service.

Curt married Sue Lantz at the Tingley Christian Church on May 27, 1967. To this union three children were born, Robin Lynn, Spence Alan & Lisa LaRae. Curt & Sue made their home in the Ellston area.

Curt spent most of his life as a welder & worked for several local farmers. He loved Minneapolis Moline tractors, fishing & playing cards, especially cribbage. Curt always wanted to chat, play cards & never met a stranger. The Jones men are known for their long goodbyes. He loved to tease & could be called a bit ornery. Curt spent a lot of his spare time working in his garage or at Darlene’s Place. People would often stop by the garage to get something welded, or just visit. He never told anyone no. Curt cherished his children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren.

Left to cherish Curt’s memory is his wife, Sue, of 51 years; children Robin (Randy) McDonnell of Mount Ayr, Spence (Becky) Jones of Kellerton & Lisa (Justin) Cook of Diagonal; his grandchildren, Breanne (RJ) Hammond, Stephanie (Nolan) Newton, Tyler & Riley Jones, Bradyn & Nathan Cook; great-grandchildren, Dallas, Kinsley & Hendrix Newton, Johnathon & Baby Girl Hammond; Curt’s siblings Lloyd (Mary) Jones of Creston, David (Genora) Jones of New Virginia, Millie (Ron) Pittman of Florida, Marge (Jim) Thomas of Osceola, Max (John) McGilvery of Woodward; brothers-in-law Jean Collier of California, Bill (Sally Woollums) Lantz of Kellerton; sisters-in-law Jan (John) Gaukel of Massena, Kay (Jim) Best of Wisconsin, Bonnie French of Burlington; a host of nieces nephews, cousins, family & friends.

Preceeding him in death were his parents, William & Hazel Jones; siblings Gene Lee (in infancy), Martha, Robert, Kendrick & Mary Collier; parents-in-law Vernon & Vera Lantz; sister-in-law Verlea Lantz; brother-in-law Joseph French; nephew Joseph French II.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided.