Lawrence James Jones, lovingly known as “Jim,” died on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Estherville, Iowa. He was 87 years old. 

He was born on Sept. 3, 1934, in Estherville, Iowa, to Lawrence L. and Beatrice R (French) Jones. He graduated from Estherville High School. He entered the United States Navy in 1953, where he was deployed and served during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on April 16, 1957. When he returned home, he attended Estherville Junior College, and transferred to Wayne State, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree and his Master’s degree. He taught industrial arts for 28 years, teaching at Ringsted, Webb, Edgerton and retiring from Mora. He also taught at St. Cloud State College. He retired to fish and enjoy time with his family.

He was a member of the Methodist Church in Dolliver for many years. He enjoyed volunteering for the Boy Scouts for over 22 years. He was also a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed woodcarving and doing word search puzzles. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching western shows and reading Louis L’Amour books.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Charles Jones and Kenneth (Dorothy) Jones.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marjorie of Dolliver; children, Rebecca (Keith) Jones of Lakefield and James (Sue) Jones of Big Lake; grandchildren Nathan, Jamie (Chris), Stefan and Sophie; and brother, Ben (Jane) Jones.

Services for Jim will be held at a later date.

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