Derald R. Jones, 95 of Aledo, IL died Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Brookstone Senior Living in Aledo. In keeping with current requirements, private graveside services are Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Edgington Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted. Friends may pay their respects between 5-6 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. The family will not be present. Memorials may be left to the Mercer County Food Pantry. Online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.
He was born April 9, 1925 in Renwick, Iowa to Charles and Sydna Harris Jones. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, IA. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school and was stationed at Red Hill in Hawaii as a teletype operator. On April 9, 1948, he married Arlene F. Brunk in Bloomfield, IA. She died March 11, 2006.
He was employed as an automotive mechanic in Aledo for many years. He worked at Ranney Automotive Co., Anderson Motor Co., and retired from Essig Motors.
Derald was a member of the First Baptist Church in Aledo, Mercer County VFW Post 1571 and the American Legion Fallerans Post 121. He enjoyed fishing, traveling and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.
Survivors include 3 daughters, Nancy (Frank) Preston of Illinois City, IL; Cindy Maynard of Silvis, IL; Debra (David) VanderHeyden of Aberdeen, MD; 1 son, Douglas Jones of Silvis, IL; 6 grandchildren, Sean, Scott, John, Matthew, Caleb and Mark, 6 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren with one lovingly expected; several nieces and nephews.
His parents, wife, a sister, Helen, and two sons-in-law: Wade Maynard and Polo Arriaga preceded him in death.