Lester E. “Les” Jones, 79, of Kewanee, died at 11:45 AM, Friday, July 5, 2013 at his home.Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, July 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Bob Sherman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 9 at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service and inurnment will be at Wethersfield Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to OSF Hospice or to the Henry County Humane Society.
He was born December 30, 1933 in Woodhull, IL, the son of Emery and Grace (Barman) Jones. He married JoAnn E. Wasson on October 6, 1957 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on November 11, 2004. He then married Sandra (Sergeant) Patterson. She survives, as do his three daughters, Kathy (Burt) Wright of Mattoon, IL, Kristi Botis of Hazel Green, WI and Dawn (Danny) Sawickis of Kewanee, four step-daughters, Mandy (Larry) Renfro, Sharon (Tony) Becker, Debby (Pete) Verkruyse and Linda (Tony) Dawson, a brother, Jim Jones of Rapid City, SD and a sister, Lilly Mae Carter of Valdosta, GA, five grandchildren, Josh and Andrew Hayes, Anna Jo (Chris) Dunlop, Elizabeth (Jesse) Harris and Victoria (Bobby) Rodgers, seven great grandchildren and several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, Jennifer Sawickis and a son-in-law, Takis Botis.
Les graduated from Galva High School in 1950. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957. He worked and then owned and operated Kewanee Culligan Water Conditioning for 42 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church UCC where he had been an elder and a former member of the Kewanee Jaycee’s. He was a “Jack of All Trades” who enjoyed pets, flower and vegetable gardening and was famous for his canned pickles. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family and friends.