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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.
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
As a kiddo growing up in Ellston, I knew the Jones family. I remember Curt as always being friendly and having a grin on his face. Anytime I saw him, he was polite in his mannerisms and I don't think he ever knew a stranger. Sincere sympathy to you, Sue, your children, and their families. May the happy memories you have comfort you and may God's love give you peace. Raymond & Donna (Hosfield) Shields
Donna (Hosfield) Shields Apr 23 2018 12:00 AM
Condolences to the family sorry for your loss. I grew up just south of Jones
Janet Pearle Longcoy Fenton Apr 22 2018 12:00 AM
My memory was when I was learning to tie my shoes and you sat with me for a while teaching me until I did it by myself. Also you had the biggest heart and always had a smile . Will miss you dearly.
Tanya Apr 21 2018 12:00 AM
You always had a grin on your face. Could talk the ears off a mule. My most memorable memory of you.,Was when you got me to eat turtle. 7 different kinds of meat you said taste like chicken you said... All I could taste was mud. Oh and then the other one is when you were down at your dad's in the big tall mules. Those things were the tallest things that I ever did see. And you said don't be scared. That was back when I was really little we will miss you Uncle Curt.
Denise Nelson Apr 20 2018 12:00 AM