ALLIANCE, Nebraska -- James "Jim" Richard Jones, 70, passed away peacefully on Monday (Dec. 13 2010), at his home surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with cancer.
James was born in Imperial, Nebraska on May 19, 1940. He was the youngest son of Eugene and Anna (Hixon) Jones.
After living a short time in McCook, Nebraska, he met his wife of 50 years, Nancy. They were married on Nov. 26, 1960. They lived in Cambridge, Nebraska for a short time, where their son Jim and daughter Rhonda were born. After a brief stay in Imperial and the birth of their daughter, Lori, the family moved to Norton, Kansas.
In 1978 the family settled in Alliance. Jim retired in 1995 after 33 years of service with Kansas Nebraska (KN) Energy.
Jim was a devoted husband and father to his family. He loved helping others, enjoyed lending a helping hand, and worked effortlessly to give trustworthy advice.
He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He enjoyed his family, restoring and rebuilding cars, hunting, fishing, gardening, Nebraska Cornhusker Football, and spending time at his cabin at Lake McConaughy. He took pride in his El Camino, tractors, his children and grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved him so.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy; his children and their spouses, Jim and Diane Jones of Hastings, Nebraska, Rhonda and Jerry Graham of Gering, Nebraska and Lori and Doug Stolz of Burlington, Colorado. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara and husband, Harry Hixson of McCook, Nebraska, his eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; and an infant son, Terry Lynn Jones.
Funeral services are Thursday, 10:30 a.m. MST, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alliance with the Rev. Martin T. Schnare officiating. Graveside services are Friday, 3:30 p.m., CST, at the Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon, Nebraska with the Rev. Richard C. Mueller officiating.
Visitation is Wednesday, 1-8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Lebanon Cemetery or to the family.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com.
Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.