Kevin Victor Jones

Kevin Victor Jones, age 91, of Grand Rapids, MN passed away on November 14, 2019, at The Lodge at Grand Village.

Kevin was born in 1928 to Alfred and Nellie Jones in Truman, MN. Kevin grew up in southern Minnesota and Iowa in farm country. He attended Waldorf Junior College before enlisting in the United States Air Force where he served during the Korean Conflict. On February 1, 1952, he was united in marriage to Betty Carstensen and was stationed in England. After his discharge, Kevin worked for Diamond Match Co in California as a manager of several lumber yards. Kevin earned two bachelor’s degrees from Mankato State and his master’s degree from University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Kevin and Betty moved to Grand Rapids where he was employed as an instructor at Itasca Community College from 1970 until his retirement in 1991. After retirement, Kevin enjoyed repairing and refinishing old furniture and antiques.

Kevin was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church and the American Legion. Kevin was a Past Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons of Minnesota, Past Grand Most Illustrious Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Minnesota, the Duluth Commandery #18 Knights Templar, Worthy Patron of the Mesaba Chapter #211 Order of Eastern Star of Hibbing, MN, the AAD Shrine of Duluth, MN, and the North Star Shrine Club of Grand Rapids, MN.

Preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and three sisters. Kevin is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty; daughter, Kay (Robert) Olson; granddaughter, Joan (Andrew) Olson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Monday, November 18, 2019 from 5 PM until 7 PM at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, MN, with a Masonic service at 6:30 PM. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Community Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids followed by the 11:00 AM Funeral Service. Rev. Arlin Talley will officiate. Burial will be at Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids with full Military Honors.

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