IRON MOUNTAIN – Wallas M. Jones, 99, of Upper Pine Creek, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at his home.
He was born Dec. 13, 1913, in Harris, son of the late Herbert and Minnie (Pirlot) Jones. Wally graduated from Kingsford High School in 1932 and was a lifelong resident of the area.
He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp at the camp on Isle Royale in the mid-1930s.
Wally married Myrtle Lidbeck on Sept. 28, 1940, in Iron Mountain.
He worked for Elmer’s Feed Store in Iron Mountain for more than 20 years and also was employed by Lakeshore Inc. for several years before retiring.
Wally farmed for many years and was very active in the rural community. He was a life member of the National and Michigan Farmers Unions. He also served as secretary/treasurer for many farming organizations throughout the Upper Peninsula and was nominated Farmer of the Year. Since 1930, Wally has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church and served as a trustee, elder, deacon, and taught Sunday School for many years.
He was an active member of the Golden K, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and served on the board of directors of Michigan Rural Rehab.
Wally enjoyed fishing, bird watching and gardening.
Wally is survived by his wife of 72 years, Myrtle; a son, Vance (Ann) Jones of Randville; two daughters, Diane (Robert) Leflar of Sault Ste Marie and Judy (Chuck) Jennings of Iron Mountain; three sisters, Carol Cootware of Kingsford, Sarah Erickson of Kingsford and Betty (Obi) Doan of Las Vegas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Emory, Howard, Raymond, Robert and Carl Jones; two sisters, Geraldine Bartoletti and Eunice Baraboo; a grandson, Darwin; and a daughter-in-law, Betty Jones.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford.
A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. on Monday at the church. Rev. Michael March will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Almost Home Animal Shelter.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Wallas Jones online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.