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|John Wesley "Jack" Jones
January 2, 1933–December 12, 2012
|John Wesley “Jack” Jones, 79, of Davenport and Olin, Iowa, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at his home in Davenport. A memorial service will be held in July 2013 at the family farm near Olin during daylily season.
Born on Jan. 2, 1933, in Chicago, Ill., Jack was the son of Morris Rene and Ione (Sweet) Jones. The family moved to Olin in 1945 and he graduated from Olin High School in 1951. He then served his country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. On Oct. 5, 1962, he married Caroline Hartwig at St. John Lutheran Church in Olin, Iowa.
He graduated from the University of Iowa with his Bachelor and Master degrees in education. Jack was a high school math and computer science teacher and he told the best stories. His first year of teaching was for Springville Community School District in Springville, Iowa. He then taught at Iowa City Regina High School until 1969 where, in addition to teaching, he was an assistant football coach. From 1969 to 1995, Jack taught at Davenport West High School. He also taught at Black Hawk Community College.
Jack had many interests but really enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapping. He was an avid sports fan and faithfully watched the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, and Bears games. During retirement, he developed a love for daylilies. He was a member of the Cedar Valley Iris and Daylily Society.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Caroline; son, Douglas Jones of Mitchellville; daughter, Ellen Jones of Olin; sister, Gwenn (Ron) Vrooman of Sun City, Ariz; one nephew, one niece, and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother.
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