Ronald Jones, age 69, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Jones Regional Medical Center, following an extended illness.
Visitation was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019, at Goettsch Funeral Home in Anamosa, with funeral services following at 1 p.m. Pastor Melody Williams officiated the services.
Ronald Lee Jones was born April 23, 1949, in Ames, to Clarence "Buster" and Katrina Allene (Wilhour) Jones. He graduated from Ames High School in 1968 and began his law enforcement career by working as a security officer for Iowa State University. Ron later worked as a police officer in Jewell, where he became the police chief. In 1979, Ron moved to Anamosa, where he served as an officer on the Anamosa Police Department. The majority of his career was spent serving as a deputy with the Jones County Sheriff's Department.
On June 25, 1983, Ron was united in marriage with Rebecca Sams at St. Patrick Catholic Church. He and Becky often worked security for the Two Star Detective Agency at University of Iowa athletic events. In 1991, the couple moved to Victor, where Ron served as the police chief. They moved to North Liberty in 1996, where he worked for an armored car service. Ron retired in 2000, due to health issues following a stroke, and the couple moved back to Anamosa in 2008.
Ron's life away from law enforcement was his guitar. He was left-handed and learned to play a standard guitar, upside down and backwards. Ron composed a number of songs and played for Iowa City Acoustic Society events. He was also a member of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society. Ron also enjoyed travelling, going to air shows, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca; three children, Lisa (Rich) Osborne of Fargo, N.D., Chad (Dani) of Indianola and Brett (Stephanie) of Ankeny; two stepchildren, Christopher (Kelly Vernon) Kurth of Cedar Rapids, and Kally (Anthony) Banks of Cedar Falls; 12 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and one step-great-grandson. He is also survived by five siblings, Colleen (Lyle) McGlynn of Boone, Darlene (Jose) Sanchez of Dallas, Texas, Kay (Curtis) Anderson of Ames, Roger (Janel) of Boone and Gary (Diann) of Stanberry, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Brad.