Dean E. Jones

Born: Tue., Mar. 5, 1929
Died: Tue., Apr. 22, 2014


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 25, 2014
Location: Harrison-Metzger & Rans
Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Sat., Apr. 26, 2014
Location: Harrison-Metzger & Rans
Funeral Home

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Dean E. Jones, 85 of Rochester formerly of Kewanna, passed away at 6:50 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Born March 5, 1929 in Huntington County, he was the son of the late Virgil and Audra (Bardsley) Jones.  On May 9, 1950 in Warren, Indiana, he married Linda Bashaw.  She survives.

He was a 1947 Salomonia High School graduate.

Dean was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in WWII.

Dean was a retired truck driver. He also formerly worked for Nickel Plate Railroad for more than 15 years. He and his wife Linda also formerly owned and operated the Laundromat in Kewanna.

He enjoyed fishing and camping as a favorite pastime.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Jones of Rochester, two sons, Ronald D. Jones (Bobbie) of Kewanna and Steven L. Jones (Nancy) of Virginia Beach, two sisters, Naomi Martin and Velma Souers, both of Bluffton, 8 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday April 26, 2014 at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel with Pastor Aaron McCombs officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 25 at the funeral home.

Burial with Military Rites will be at Kewanna Citizens IOOF Cemetery.

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Emily Bothast
   Posted Wed April 23, 2014
Thanks for the Dr. Pepper Uncle Dean! And as a kid, it was awesome to get to collect coins from the laundry machines and also to get to play in your worm farm. I enjoyed being your little snicklefritz. Love ya! Emily

Don & Jamie (Drain) Winkle
   Posted Wed April 23, 2014
Prayers for the family. Uncle Dean will be missed.

Sherry Aldred Beemblossom
   Posted Thu April 24, 2014
Uncle Dean was the best uncle (second dad) that I could have ever asked for. He was fun and had a great sense of humor! All the holidays, weekends, and vacations we spent together are a precious gift I hold in my heart. Swimming, fishing, boating, camping, learning about lambs and sheep, garden tractors, turtles, fish, worms, and life were some of those special memories. He even taught my daughter Jenna to drive the pontoon on Lake Bruce, continuing the fun and teasing and learning with her, calling her Pete as a special nic-name from him. Even our last phone conversation at the Parkview hospital was filled with joy as he continued to make me laugh and love him all the more.
I saw how kind and caring he was with Aunt Linda after she started to loose her memory. He treated her like his bride and made me cry with his tender care if her.
I am blessed and proud to have had him in my life.
I love you Uncle Dean and know that you will be fishing for Crappie and Trout on golden lakes in Heaven!

Kara Ketzscher
   Posted Thu April 24, 2014

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Elois Drain .

With our loving memories of Uncle Dean, our thoughts and prayers are with you. With Love, from Elois Drain, Pam O'Brien, Kara Curry, Jamie Winkle, Clyde Drain and their families

Avee Drain
   Posted Thu April 24, 2014

WARM SMILE was sent by Clyde .

With heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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