Donald Joseph Jones, age 92, of Herman, Minnesota passed away Friday, January 9, 2015 at West Wind Village in Morris, Minnesota. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Herman, with Fr. Mike Kellogg Celebrant. Marilyn Backman will be the organist and provide special music. Interment will be at a later date in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery, rural Herman. Military Rites will be provided by the C. Walter Larson American Legion Post #378. Pallbearers will be David Jones, Joe Blume, Daniel "Booner" Oachs, Randy Tolifson, Mike Tolifson and Mark Jones. Honorary Pallbearers will be Donald's grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening, January 14th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. Prayer Service at the Bainbridge Funeral Home in Herman. Visitation will continue Thursday morning one hour prior to service time at the church. Donald Joseph Jones was born October 7, 1922 in Herman, Minnesota to Walter and Margaret Jones. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Charles Catholic Church in Herman. He graduated from Herman High School in 1941. Donald had a normal small town childhood in Herman working during high school at Allen's Grocery Store. After graduation he was drafted into the U. S. Army Air Corp. He received training in San Francisco, California as a Radio Operator who transmitted via International Morse code. His tenure in the military was serving in Africa, India, Burma and China. He sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on his way to Africa. He then served in India and Burma. From Burma he flew The Hump into China and served most of his military career in China. After the war ended he sailed home across the Pacific to the West Coast. He was discharged at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin in 1946. For his service he received the American Theatre Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theatre Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Meritorious Unit Award. After serving his country Don returned to Herman to work at Hawbaker and Bragett as an International Harvester parts man. In 1947 he started working at the First National Bank of Herman as an assistant cashier, then promoted to cashier and then to Vice President. Don retired from the bank and spent more time fishing, hunting and gardening. He loved to hunt Upland Game along with Waterfowl and was a very good shot. Dr. Stock told him he had to go to Minneapolis to get stents put in his heart. Don disagreed, it was hunting season! They hunted that week, and Donald got his stent the following week. He loved to fish and liked to talk about the ones that got away. He had a passion for gardening and liked to share the harvest with the family and friends. Don was married to Delores Neumann in Benson, Minnesota on January 8, 1955. To this union two children were born, John and Mary. Don enjoyed traveling with Delores and family. Their travels included most of the U. S. along with trips to Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia. Don liked his puns and had a dry sense of humor. He was a trustee, lector, and sang in the choir at St. Charles Catholic Church in Herman. He served on the Herman City Council in his younger days and enjoyed acting in community plays. He enjoyed going to events to visit with family and friends. He enjoyed the family events the most because he put his family first. Don attended numerous athletic events of John, Mary and his nephews. He was an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan. Donald is survived by his wife Delores Jones of Herman; son John Jones (friend Ronda Herman) of Moorhead, Minnesota; daughter Mary (Charles) Rumsey of Meeteetse, Wyoming; three grandchildren: Sarah Jones of Moorhead; Rachel Jones of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Mark Jones of Moorhead; one great-granddaughter Kale Olson of Moorhead; brother George (Ruth) Jones of Hopkins, Minnesota; two sisters-in-law: Dorothy "Dody" Jones of Herman; and Alida Neumann of Clearwater, Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews. Donald was preceded in death by his parents: Walter and Margaret Jones; mother and father-in-law Ed and Mae Neumann; brothers: Charlie Jones and James (Donna) Jones; sisters: Elizabeth (Bud) Smith; Kathryn (Clayton) Zimkowski; and Alice (Edward) Hunt; and brothers-in-law: James (Marcella) Neumann and David Neumann. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred in Donald's memory to the charity of your choice.
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