Robert "Bob" Jones, age 94 of Glenwood, died Sunday, October 2, 2022 at home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7th at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood with Rev. Mark Manning officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.
Robert Clyde Jones, the seventh of eight children born to Harry and Mary (Bennett) Jones was born May 4, 1928 in Osakis, Minnesota. He grew up with his family in Osakis where he attended school and graduated from Osakis High School in 1946.
On September 18, 1946, Bob entered the United States Army where he received his basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas. After completing basic training he left for overseas duty on December 5, 1946 upon arrival in Japan he was assigned to the 25th Division. He served his country in Japan with the Able Battery, 90th Field Artillery Battalion, and Division Artillery of the 25th Infantry (Tropic Lightning) Division. He was honorably discharged on December 17, 1947.
After returning home from WWII, Bob traveled to Alaska where he mined for gold before moving home to Minnesota. In Minnesota he worked in construction building homes, before getting a job with Honeywell in Minneapolis. Bob continued to work for Honeywell for the next 35 years, furthering his education and position in the company taking college courses and becoming an engineer.
On June 20, 1953, Bob was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Oswald at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood. The couple made their home in Minneapolis, before they built a new home in Eagan. This marriage was blessed with a daughter, Rochelle. Upon retirement, Bob and Shirley bought Bob’s brother and sister-in-law’s home on Lake Minnewaska. Bob and Shirley were just shy of sharing 47 years of marriage before Shirley died June 4, 2000.
Bob had a true passion for the outdoors and dedicated his life to conservation of wildlife and their habitat. He loved to hunt ducks, geese, deer and even moose in Alaska. He was a trap shooter, excellent bowler, 1st in state in Archery, golfer and any kind of woodworking, leather tooling, macramé, rug hooking and gardening. He loved fishing year round with his nephew, Pete Harsh and enjoyed coffee, conversation and sharing all his interests and hobbies with his dear friend, Lief Henrickson.
Bob will be remembered for his love and dedication to his family, great storytelling and amazing positive energy. He was talented at every craft he tried and was always trying something new. He missed his wife every day for the last 22 years and now they are united together again with Christ. Bob died at home October 2, 2022.
He is survived by his daughter, Rochelle “Shelly” (Ross) Rosenberg of Woodbury; grandchildren, Jessica Rosenberg, Katherine (David) Scholen, and Ryan Rosenberg; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Levi Scholen, Ana Edin, and Finnegan Rosenberg; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Mary Jones; wife, Shirley; sisters, Margorie Adams, Marcela Harsh, Marion Rotondi, Betty Lou Walter, Marlou Adams; and brothers, Glen Jones and Kenny Jones.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Rod and Renae Brown for being wonderful neighbors and friends as well as Bob’s physician. They always kept a watchful eye on Bob and have helped Shelly whenever she asked.
Memorials are preferred to Glenwood Lutheran Church or PHCT, Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust.