Willard F. Jones, 80, of Strasburg, Colorado, was born on Feb. 4, 1938, to Walt and Thelma Jones of Mullen, Nebraska. He passed away on Oct. 11, 2018.
In high school, he was involved in track and football. He graduated from Mullen High School in 1957. Shortly after, he moved to Colorado to find work.
His first job was building grain elevators, mucking mud. He worked on the I70 corridor, building bridges from Limon to Watkins. In 1960, he worked on the missile silo at Thombay Rd. In 1973, he and his two business partners started MJP Construction. He finished his construction career with MJP in 1986. He continued with his other ‘career,’ farming until his last day.
He married Merry A. Ewoldt of Thedford, Nebraska, on July 12, 1960. They lived in Aurora, Colorado, and started their family. He built all three of their homes, in Aurora, Watkins and Strasburg. In 1970, they started 5-J Land & Cattle, showing horses and Limousin cattle.
He loved to hunt and fish, and of course farm. He loved to drive his tractor… a lot. He loved to watch old western movies. He could fix just about anything, mechanical, plumbing or electrical.
Willard is survived by his wife Merry of Strasburg; two sons John and Ben, both of Bennett, Colorado; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; two sisters, Marlene Gaston and Shirley Ryschon.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Koni and grandson Christopher.
Funeral services were held on October 16, 2018, at the Strasburg Community Church in Strasburg, Colorado. Interment was in Mount View Cemetery in Bennett, Colorado.
Memorials may be sent in care of: Willard Jones, The Denver Hospice, 501 S. Cherry St. #700, Denver, CO 80246-1328.