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George R. Jones, 70

George Richard Jones, age 70, of the Silver Lake-Hutchinson area, died peacefully Friday, March 13, 2009, at the Birchwood Hospice Home in Hutchinson.

He was born July 27, 1938, in Mountain Lake, to Robert and Ann (nee Will) Jones.

After growing up in Trimont, George served in the US Army from 1955 to 1958. Stationed in Germany, George worked as a cook and ordnance supply person.

After his discharge from the Army, George worked at various jobs in the Phoenix, AZ area.

He then moved to Trimont in 1960, where he met Marilyn Koestler. They married July 21, 1961.

George worked for Fairmont Railway Motors for five years.

He attended Southwest Minnesota Vocational School in Jackson, where he studied fertilizer and agriculture sales and service. After his schooling, George worked at International Minerals and Chemicals in Meriden.

He then moved to Minneapolis to work for Howe Fertilizer. After working there for four years, he moved to Hutchinson, where he began farming, while also working at other jobs, including hauling for Quast Transfer in Winsted.

He then owned and operated his own semi-tractor trailer, hauling grain. He often allowed his grandchildren to ride along with him.

Later, he worked for Mc-Kimm Transfer in Hutchinson, from which he retired. During retirement, he often drove truck for Ricky and Julie Rose.

A former Lions Club member, George also belonged to the Hutchinson American Legion and also frequently attended the American Legion in Silver Lake.

He enjoyed playing cards and, as a younger man, playing golf. He thoroughly enjoyed being with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and especially enjoyed playing cribbage with them.

George is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons George Jr. (Laura) of Silver Lake, and Durwin (Nancy) of Lakeville; brothers Leroy (Sharon), David (Carol), and Steven (Janet), all of Trimont; sister-in-law Dorothy (Jones) Kingsley; grandchildren Jessica (Lavern) Jaster, Tyler, Amber, and Zachery Jones, and Kyle Jones and Whitney Rueckl; great-grandchildren Bristal and Dolan Jaster; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert; and a sister-in-law, Shirley.

A memorial service took place Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake with visitation for one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Gerhard Bode officiated, and interment will take place at a later date at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Silver Lake.

George’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were honorary bearers.

Memorials will be donated towards a sidewalk at the Birchwood Hospice Home in appreciation for the compassionate care given to George and his family.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family.