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Mr. Lester W. Jones, age 92, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday evening, Dec. 20, 2005 in the emergency room at Sparrow Health System-St. Lawrence Campus, Lansing. The son of William & Myrtle (Keeney) Jones, he was born on May 24, 1913 in Greenville. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Jones served with the U.S. Army as a military policeman in the Pacific theatre and was a life member of the Lester J. Sitts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5065 in Sheridan. On July 3, 1947, he married the former Dora M. Apps, who preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 1994. He was also preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Lillian (Longstreet) Jones, who raised him; two sisters, Isabelle Petersen and Doris Miller; and four brothers, Howard, Harry, Louie, and Alvin Jones. Lester retired from the C&O Railroad where he worked first as a track layer, and later as a cook. Outside of work, Lester enjoyed cooking, gardening, and hunting.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis & Steve Kelbert of Lansing; a son, Bruce Jones of Greenville; two step-daughters, Geraldine Brough of Manton, and Carolyn & Marco Wolschon of Sheridan; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with the Rev. Norman Burger, Jr., pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Lansing, officiating. Military honors, rendered by the Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065, will conclude the service with burial taking place privately at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding. Visitation is Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the charity of ones choice.


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