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2460 East County Road E
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: (651) 429-6172
John Jones

John Richard Jones Jr.

Saturday, September 10th, 1932 - Sunday, December 20th, 2020
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John R. Jones, Jr.
Age 88 of White Bear Lake, MN

Born 1932 in Austin, MN and passed away December 20, 2020 from the lingering effects of COVID-19. Survived by wife of 65 years Jane Plager Jones; children; Barbara Jones (Kelly Eglehoff), Cady Lindeberg (Greg), and Dan Jones (Sallie). Grandchildren; Justin Knowlton, Mitchell Egelhoff, Samantha Jones, Kayla Jones, Emma Jones; and sister Sally Wilson.

Johnnie grew up in Austin and graduated as valedictorian from Austin High School and cum laude from Harvard University. In 1948 he met the love of his life, Jane Plager, and married her in 1955 sharing over seven decades of love together. In the sixties they adopted their three children and have lived in the same house on Cedar Avenue that they had built in 1958.

Shortly after college graduation he enlisted in the Army and served in the Counter Intelligence Corps in the post-World War II American occupation zone of Berlin. Johnnie was employed by 3M for over 30 years retiring in 1992. A 62 year resident of the City of White Bear Lake he was a quiet but dedicated leader who preferred to stay out of the spotlight but loved to shine that light on his beloved wife, Jane. They were early, and very active, members of Parkview United Church of Christ and avid community supporters.

Johnnie will be forever known for his appreciation for people, traveling with Jane, hunting, fishing, food, music, and photography. His wisdom and intelligence were a foundation of support for his family and friends. His easy rapport with people he met in all aspects in life were sincere and unique. You genuinely felt appreciated when you spoke with John Jones.

It will always be a ‘good morning’ in Johnnie’s world and everything will always be ‘just peachy’. His vest and hat have been hung up for the last time but not his legacy. “Johnnie, you are beloved and you will be missed. We were blessed to have you in our lives. Godspeed.”

Visitation Tuesday, December 29, 4-7:00 pm at Honsa Family Funeral Home, 2460 Co Rd E East, White Bear Lake, MN. Private funeral service Wednesday, December 30 at Noon (12 pm) at Parkview United Church of Christ, 3737 Bellaire Ave., White Bear Lake, MN. The funeral service will be broadcast live and recorded. Viewing details available at Interment to follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at 2 pm. Memorials preferred to Parkview United Church Christ Music Fund.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Honsa Family Funeral Home
    2460 East County Road E
    WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minnesota 55110
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    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 12:00pm
    Private Family Service
    Address Not Available
    Pastor Deborah Hasdorff
  • Interment

    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 |
    Wednesday, December 30th, 2020
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    Private, Private
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Laura Ramsussen

Posted at 12:31pm
Jane, Barb, Dan, and Cady,
I’m so very sorry about Jonnie. He was quite the personality, and I am super sad he had to leave this earth. But as much as we will miss him, he will now be with mom, grandpa & grandma Jones & the other family members who’ve left us before him to be in a better place of peace. He was an awesome uncle to have. I wish I could be there in person today to honor him on his final journey. I will be in attendance during the livestream, however. Love & big hugs to you all.

Dan Jones Posted at 07:10am

Big hugs back Laura - he loved his nieces and nephews. Thanks for the kind words, be safe and love to you.

Julianne King

Posted at 12:02pm
My sincere sympathies to the entire Jones family, especially Jane. Johnnie was one of those guys that left an indelible impression in your heart. RIP Johnnie.

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Posted at 01:43pm
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Dan Jones Posted at 07:07am

Thanks Getchells. Truly wonderful friends of Johnnie. The '3M' group. Originally were co-workers and neighbors who grew to become unbelievably close friends.

LuAnn and Dave, Jan and Terry

Posted at 09:27am
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Leslie Peabody

Posted at 06:40pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. To say that John had an “easy rapport” with people is an understatement. John and Jane has us from “hello” when we showed up at Parkview and we will always cherish our coffee and fellowship conversations post-service. May the Lord bless and keep you.
Dan & Leslie

Dan Jones Posted at 08:54am

Leslie thank you for your beautiful words about Dad. He LOVED Parkview UCC. Huge part of his life.

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