Richard Jones, 85, died Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Ankeny Funeral Home with burial to follow at the Chariton Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the funeral home.
Richard was born on June 20, 1928 to George and Belva (Lee) Jones south of Chariton in Lucas County, IA. He attended country school in Benton Township and Chariton Community High School and worked for the Burlington Railroad from 1945 to 1947.
On July 4, 1948 Richard was united in marriage to Ruth Adams in Corydon, IA. They lived in Ottumwa, Iowa for one year where he worked for John Deere.
In 1950 the couple moved to Ankeny where he continued to work for John Deere Des Moines Works until his retirement in August 1985. Following retirement, Richard continued to farm "The Family Farm" near Chariton with his brother, Laurence.
He accepted Christ as his Savior in 1961 and had been an active member of Ankeny Baptist Church since then.
Richard is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth; son, Robert (Deb) Jones of Des Moines; daughter, Sandi (Dan) Di Marco of Apple Valley, MN; four grandsons, Ben and Nick Jones of Des Moines, and Andy and Shaun Di Marco of Minnesota; eight great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; several nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Laurence.
Richard's family would like to thank his special neighbors and friends for all their help and kindness over the years.