Robert J. Jones, 60, a long time resident of Menahga, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at the St. Cloud Hospital following a massive stroke he had suffered several days earlier.
He was born Feb. 7, 1949, in Baldwin, Wis., to Varlyn and Myrtle (Miller) Jones. While a small boy, he moved with his family to Windom, Minn., where they made their home for several years. In 1955, the Jones family ventured north to a farm near Sebeka. It was there that he began his public school education. At the tender age of 12, he endured the grief of the death of his mother. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Menahga, where they resided for several years until returning to the Windom area where he grew into early manhood and attended the Mankato Vocational-Technical College and studied small engine mechanics. In 1973, he married Carol Ann Voelker. This union was blessed with four children: Patrick, Byron, Craig and Christina. In 1978, they moved to Menahga, where Robert gained employment at the Cheese plant in Sebeka. In addition, he had spent much of his working life self-employed with his own small engine repair business. He loved the outdoors, especially when he could be camping, fishing or hunting with his family. He was a gifted story teller who loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed bon fires and performing his famous rain dance. On Aug. 25, he suffered numerous small strokes until suffering a massive stroke from which he could not recover on Friday, Sept. 11. He will always be remembered for his quick wit, his warmth and his devotion to his family who he loved with all his heart.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Cardini-Pearson Funeral Home in Menahga, with the Rev. Clyde Allebach officiating. Casketbearers were Darryl Sharp, Michael Goldie, Steven Goldie, Jesse Jones, Byron Jones and Pat Jones. Honorary casketbearers were Christine Wolf, Scott Wolf, Linda Jones, and Jeni Jones. Interment is in the Menahga City Cemetery.The Cardini-Pearson Funeral Home in Menahga (www.cardinipearson.com) was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his sons, Patrick (Linda) Jones and Byron (Jeni) Jones, all of Menahga; his daughter, Christina (Scott) Wolf, of Eagle Bend; his seven grandchildren; his sisters, Marylou (Walter) Sharp of Proctor, Minn., and Carol Worms of Deer Creek; brothers, Dale (Janice) Jones and Phillip (Charlene) Jones, all of Sebeka; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Craig; his parents; and one brother, Wayne.