He grew up in East Lansing, MI and Crystal Falls, MI. He graduated from Graveraet High School in Marquette, MI and from Michigan State College in 1941 with a B.S. degree in civil engineering. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II as an aircraft maintenance officer in the 486th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force in England. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and was stationed at an Air Force depot in Chateauroux, France. He was a structural steel engineer and was employed by the Mississippi Valley Structural Steel Company, Amercel Structures, the Planet Corporation and BOC division of General Motors. He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lansing, having served as an elder and a deacon and played in the bell choir.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Marie Lundquist Jones in 1995 and his brother, David L. Jones in 2008. He is survived by twin sons, Steven and David of Anchorage, AK; one sister, Patricia A. Ehrlich of Kalamazoo; one sister-in-law, Barbara Jones of Springfield, Virginia; two grandchildren, Derek (Carrie) Sheets and Morgan (Christopher) Browne; and his special great-grandson, Austin Sheets.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church of Lansing, with the Rev. Anne Weirich officiating. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Those desiring may make donations to the First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, 510 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48933, in memory of Mr. Jones.