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Obituary for Lester Clifford Jones
Lester Jones, 96, of Greenfield, formerly of Stuart passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Greenfield Manor. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, June 22nd at the Johnson Family Funeral Home in Stuart. Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery, rural Stuart. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Raccoon River Bible Camp in Scranton and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Lester Clifford Jones was born to Claude Clifton and Jesse Ellen (Sellers) Jones on February 18, 1920 in Adair County, Iowa. On February 5, 1945 Lester was married to Alta LaVae Slaybaugh. To this union five children were born: John, Paul, Glen, Carl and Cheryl. Lester and Alta raised their family on a farm south of Stuart, Iowa.
Lester attended country school through eighth grade. At age fourteen he began working full-time doing farm work for a neighbor. Farming became his occupation. Through the years he took on other jobs. He worked as a plumber, cemetery sexton, construction worker, school janitor, truck driver on road construction, and hardware store employee. He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid coon hunter.
As a youth Lester accepted Christ as his Savior at the Four Square Church in Winterset, Iowa. Christ became the center of his life. Daily he and Alta would have Bible reading and prayer. Always they desired to see others come to Christ. Missions and evangelism were foremost in their minds. Lester was instrumental in the establishment of Bethel Baptist Church at Stanzel, Iowa in 1951.
Lester and Alta moved to the Greenfield Manor in May 2012 where he resided until his death on June 18, 2016 at age 96.
Survivors include wife, Alta of Greenfield; son John (Karen) Jones of Colby, Kansas and grandchildren John, Jr. (Brandi) and Kay Ann (Josh) Schneider; son Glen (Vernelle) Jones of Greenfield, Iowa and grandchildren Brian, Brenda (Cameron) Hamer and Susan (Marlan) Currier; son Carl (Lucy) Jones of Watkins, Colorado and grandchildren Sarah and Stacy; and daughter Cheryl (Paul) Harris of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents Claude and Jesse Jones, two brothers Claude and Harold Jones, a sister Naomi Wheeler, infant son Paul, parents-in-law John and Mary Slaybaugh, and son-in-law Mark Clark.