James Jones, of East Bethel, formerly of LaPorte, MN, died on February 26, 2010 at the Villages of North Branch, MN. He was 71 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 2nd at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
VISITATION will be 1/2 hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
BURIAL will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
James LeRoy Jones was born on Jan 3, l939 in Walker, MN to Anton and Dora (Roderick) Jones. He grew up on the family farm, the 5th of six siblings. Jim loved to hunt and fish. He and Grandma Jones did many fishing trips to Horseshoe & Benedict Bridge. He attended school in Laporte and graduated in 1957. He moved to Coon Rapids and worked at BF Nelson for several years. It was here that he was married and had his first two children. Jim was then employed at Onan’s in Fridley and moved his family to a farm near Princeton. This is where his youngest two children were born. He was a hard worker, often working 16 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week. On the farm, he raised thousands of chickens, raised acres of corn for his brother Jerry, and in his spare time he remodeled the home they had bought. He was a very skilled carpenter and also a “jack of all trades”. He could fix anything and was always ready and willing to help family and friends.
After his retirement, Jim kept busy with gardening and he canned his own tomato & grape juice, and applesauce. He also worked on updating his home in East Bethel and helped Janel & Jesse do many projects around their house. He was a wonderful grandpa that spent a lot of time with his grandchildren, Shelby & Aiden. Jim proudly displayed his grandchildren’s pictures and loved to share stories about them with others. He looked forward to shopping for toys for birthdays and Christmas. He was always joking around and laughing. Jim was a generous man and loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Betty Zothman, and brother, Gerald Jones. He is survived by his daughter, Janel (Jesse) Sanborn of Mora; sons, James of Chaska, Jon (Lauren) of Australia, Jeffrey (Amy) of Braham; brother, Anton Jones of Hines; sisters, Norma Lembke of Bemidji, Iona (Richard} Johnson of Mille Lacs Lake; 13 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Rest well, Jim, and God be with you. We were so fortunate to have had you in our lives and you will be dearly missed.
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 2nd at Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. Rev. Mark Roelofs officiated. Music was provided by Beth Roelofs. Pallbearers were Anton Jones, Jill McKay, Jerry Ortlepp, James Jones, Russell Lembke and Pete Zothman. Honorary pallbearer was Aiden James Sanborn. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.