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Clarence (Al, Axel) Jones, 85

Clarence Allen (“Al, “Axel”) Jones, age 85, of Shakopee, formerly of Howard Lake, ascended to his heavenly Christian home Saturday, July 20, 2013, after a long fight with bladder cancer.

At his passing, Al was residing in Memory Care at Emerald Crest in Shakopee.

He was born Jan. 4, 1928, in Minnesota, moving to Howard Lake in 1943.

Al served in the Navy for two years (1946-48), and then attended three art schools.

He had been employed over two periods of time totalling 30 years for N. St. Power Co. (NSP), now Xcel Energy, retiring in 1991.

In the 1970s, Al and then wife Leona owned/operated the KOA Campground and Western Motor Lodge, both in Rapid City, SD. Al also started A.J. Signs and sold related sign advertising nationally in the 1980s. He refused a position with the Walt Disney Co. in the late 1940s to remain in Minnesota.

Early in the 1950s, Al read power meters for NSP, and then was promoted to display art, including drawing the TV cartoon character “Reddy Kilowatt,” a lightning bolt symbol with a light bulb nose and wall outlet ears.

After retiring, Al’s dozens of wildlife/landscape paintings were sold at various galleries.

His many interests included hunting, fishing, trap/skeet shooting, World War II history, exercise, sports, dancing, reading, traveling, music, and playing keyboards and the harmonica.

A lover of people and life, Al had a quick wit and loved to laugh and tell stories. He enjoyed giving to charities.

As a young boy, he had a strong work ethic, doing any odd job. His “Dirty Dozen” pals gave him the “Axel” nickname.

An avid runner who loved little kids, Al was also a fantastic father.

He is survived by two sons, Brad and Jeff, both of Burnsville; a brother, Rodger (“Red”) of Rogers; and three nephews: Wes (Lori), Warren, both of Howard Lake, and Bruce (Rosalie) of Mound.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ada Jones (Smith); and one brother, Sylvester (“Peck”), all of Howard Lake.

Private funeral service, with cremated ashes to be buried in Howard Lake.