Funeral Mass for Charles Walter Jones, age 89, of Herman, were held Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Herman with Fr. Peter VanderWeyst Celebrant. Special Music was provided by Josh Fischer. Honorary pallbearers were Charles grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery, rural Herman. The Ranney Funeral Home of Herman was in charge of arrangements.
Charles Walter Jones was born on Jan. 25, 1921 to Walter and Margaret (Stern) Jones in Willmar. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Herman, where he attend Herman Public School form first grade until he graduated from Herman High School in 1939.Charles served in the United States Army serving his country during World War II from 1942-1945. Charles started working for the University of Minnesota, Morris in 1962 as the first Police Officer hired at the new campus. He retired in 1981. Charles Walter Jones was united in marriage to Dorothy Mae Reckner on Nov. 20, 1947. Making their home in Herman. They enjoyed raising their children David Charles born on Oct. 14, 1948, and Janice Margaret and Joyce Ann born on Feb. 21, 1950. During this time Charles worked several jobs for the city of Herman, serving many positions from Chief of Police, serving on the Herman Fire Department, at the same time keeping the City of Herman utilities up and running, from the waterworks to the street maintenance, then to police work. After his retirement from the "U" he kept busy working part-time selling cars for Berger Chevrolet, vegetable gardening, baking cookies and pies. Charles passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at the Traverse Care Center in Wheaton, with his family at his side.
Charles is survived by his wife Dorothy Jones, Herman, his son David (Rhonda) Jones, Morris, Janice (Randy) Tolifson, Norcross, Joyce Jones, Norcross, grandchildren: Michael (Stacy) Tolifson of Wheaton, Tammy (Steve) Berg of Big Lake, Matthew (Abby) Jones of Shakopee, and Andrea (Brent) Hipsher of St. Louis Park, two great-grandchildren, Shane and Kyle Tolifson of Wheaton, two Sisters: Katherine Zimkowski of San Antonio, Texas, and Alice Hunt of St. Paul, two brothers: Donald (Delores) Jones of Herman and George (Ruth) Jones of Hopkins, one brother-in-law, Jack Reckner of Maryland, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Margaret Jones, his sister Elizabeth Smith and brother James Jones.
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