Maurice K. Jones, 87, of rural Wauseon, Ohio, died Nov. 5, 2017, at the Hospice of Lenawee Home in Adrian, Mich.
Born Aug. 14, 1930, in Fulton County, Ohio, he was the son of the late Ira and Isa Jones. He married Velma M. Schaffner on Nov. 30, 1949, at her home, and she preceded him in death Nov. 23, 2015.
Maurice was a 1948 graduate of the former Chesterfield High School, and spent his life working for his family’s farm, Jones Springbrook Farm. He was a longtime member of both the Fulton County Cattlemen’s Association and T-Bone Club in Wauseon, and was inducted into the Fulton County Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2014. Maurice was a lifelong faithful member of the Fayette Church of the Nazarene, where he served on the board of trustees for several years, and was a supporter of Gideon’s International.
In later life, Maurice and Velma enjoyed wintering in Florida, a tradition they started in 1991. He was a proud Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed being a supportive spectator for various sporting events of his grandchildren. He was a collector of belt buckles and John Deere toy tractors, and he enjoyed many travels to various local and out-of-state farm toy shows.
He is survived by two sons, Keith (and Annette) Jones of Wauseon and Curtis (and Tina) Jones of Fayette; two daughters, Ruth Ann (and Dwight) Mansfield of Morenci and Carol Frey of Wauseon; 12 grandchildren, Jason, Chris (and Amy), Lesley (and Scott), Amanda (and Bill), Jessica (and Ryan), Alex (and Tanner), Lincoln, Dominic, Katelyn (and Mick), Ashley, Cassie and Mallory; and eight great-grandchildren, Evan, Landon, Quinn, Jaysen, Sunny, Brynn, Emma and Ruthanna.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Jones; a grandson in infancy, Kaleb Jones; and a son-in-law, Jack Frey.
Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at Fayette Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Paul Baker officiating. Private family burial will take place in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette Church of the Nazarene or to Gideon’s International.