Eugene Jones, 85, Lime Springs

--EUGENE JONES OB017.b7wM. Eugene Jones was born July 26, 1928, in Cresco, Iowa, the son of Edward W. and Edyth I. (Nagel) Jones. He was baptized in the United Methodist Church in Lime Springs.

He graduated from Lime Springs High School in 1946. Gene joined the United States Army in 1953 and served through 1955 as a Military Policeman with the Century Dog Platoon along the Panama Canal.
On Sept. 19, 1959, he married Rita Wemett at the United Methodist Church in Lime Springs. They farmed in rural Lime Springs. Gene worked as a livestock buyer and trucker until his retirement, and had worked the local area as a farrier for many years. Gene lived out his retirement with Rita at the family farm in rural Lime Springs.

Gene was a charter member of the Lime Springs Saddle Club and a member of the Lime Springs United Methodist Church and Lime Springs American Legion Post #545.

Gene had a life long love of horses and story-telling. Gene and Rita were often found playing cards together. He was known for his superb card playing abilities with a bit of good luck.

He is survived by his wife Rita of Lime Springs; four children, Gary Ramaker (Marsha) of Keokuk, Iowa, Richard Jones (Karin) of Lime Springs, Carol (Eric) Andersen of Lime Springs and Ann (Don) Mork of Sanders, Mont.; nine grandchildren, Andrew Ramaker and Robert Ramaker, Curtiss Jones, Sarah Jones Barron, and Michael Jones, Erin Andersen Ryan and Lydia Andersen, Alan Mork and McKenzie Mork; and three great-grandchildren, Ethan Ramaker, Marley Jean Harmening and Felix Eugene Barron.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Maxine.
Services for M. Eugene “Gene” Jones, of rural Lime Springs, Iowa were held on Sunday afternoon, March 30, 2014 at the Lime Springs Community Center with Pastor Melanie Greengo and Dr. Donna Ihns of Lime Springs United Methodist Church officiating.

Military rites were conducted by Lime Springs American Legion Post #545. The Iowa Honor Guard presented the flag to the family. Inurnment will be held in the spring.

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