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Charles Francis JONES

Woodlawn - Sioux Falls Cemetery
Minnehaha County,
South Dakota

Charles F. Jones
December 06, 1932 - June 10, 2019

Charles (Chuck) F. Jones, formerly of Fort Dodge, Iowa, 86, died on Monday evening, June 10, 2019 in Sioux Falls, SD. Visitation with family present will be held on Tuesday, June 18 from 5-7 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, June 19, at 1 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, with a private family burial at 3:30 at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Charles “Chuck” Jones, Sioux Falls, SD passed away on June 10, 2019. He was 86 years old. Charles Francis Jones was born to Vera and Francis Jones on December 6, 1932 and was the oldest of 5 children. Chuck grew up in Duncombe, Iowa and after graduating from Ft. Dodge High school, went on to get his associates degree in pre-commerce from Graceland College in 1953. Immediately following Chuck left for the Army to Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri, and served there until 1955. On September 15, 1956 he married Cheryl Anderson in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and together they had 3 children: Janelle, Tim, and Ken.

Chuck’s professional life was carved out at a young age, as many who knew him would say he was a natural born salesman. Chuck began his career working at Standard Oil Company and Taylor Oil as a salesman. It didn’t take long before Chuck wanted to be his own boss, so he purchased his own service station-Midtown Mobil at 22nd and Minnesota Ave. & Northtown Mobil on the North end of Russell Ave. Chuck, along with the help of his 3 kids, ran a full service station: windshield washing, checking the oil, checking tires, all the good things they did when service stations actually performed ‘services’. Also, many don’t know it, but Chuck also had one of the first service stations in Sioux Falls to have an “automatic” car wash as well as candy and sandwich vending machines at his station. (Very ahead of his time!)

Due to health reasons, Chuck took early retirement at age 62. It was then that he met the love of his life and current wife--Darlene. Their first meeting was when Chuck came to Darlene’s salon to get a haircut. Darlene only had to give him one or two haircuts before they went out to dinner and soon after started dating. It took just a little more than 6 months is all before Chuck and Darlene were married.

On April 22, 2000, Chuck and Darlene stood before friends, family & God and took a vow that they wanted to spend the rest of their days together...and they did. This past April, Chuck and Darlene had recently celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary. Again, due to health reasons-the two of them were not able to go out to celebrate but it didn’t matter, because they were together.

Chuck enjoyed staying busy, and for roughly 8 years, Chuck was a Volunteer for Senior Companions. After marrying Darlene, she too became a volunteer for Senior Companions & they went to work together helping others in the community. Chuck also worked at Graham Goodyear after he retired, as well as at AAA as a salesman where he won awards for his exceptional salesmanship. One job that Chuck particularly enjoyed during that time of his life was when he got his Commercial Drivers license and started driving busses. He became a bus driver for the Sioux Falls Canaries baseball team and took them to all their games and events. Consequently, Chuck and Darlene became big fans and could be found most home game nights at the Sioux Falls baseball stadium catching the Canaries playing ball, and they loved it. Not so much for their love of the game, but because they were together.

Chuck didn’t have a lot of specific hobbies, but he did like to collect things...specifically: piggy banks. Piggy banks of all kinds, shapes, sounds, colors, and from all over. Many in Chuck’s family made it their mission when they’d go on a trip to find a unique piggy bank that Chuck didn’t already have. (He probably had more than 100-his family hasn’t counted them yet.)

Chuck had one other favorite thing in his life that remained constant throughout the years, and that was the love he had for football and his Kansas City Chiefs football team. The gold and red colors were proudly displayed throughout his home, and the collection of Kansas City Chiefs memorabilia continued to grow the more his friends acquaintances knew of his love of the game and the Chiefs. Chuck even had a magnet on his fridge that said “Someone asked me if I had to choose between my wife and football…who would I choose. I told them--gosh I’m going to miss her!”

All kidding aside though, Darlene and Chuck had a marriage where being together meant everything. Chuck loved his family and Darlene more than anything, and would have given anyone the shirt off his back if it would have helped them or if they needed it. Chuck was a longtime member of the Community of Christ (formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), and also during his final years, he and Darlene attended Faith Baptist Fellowship in Sioux Falls.

Happy to have been a part of his life, his wife Darlene of Sioux Falls, SD; 3 children: Janelle Anders of Lamoni, IA; Tim Jones of Phoenix, Arizona and his fiance Tom Schmitt, and Ken Jones, of Sioux Falls, SD. Chuck is also survived by 4 grandchildren: Kristin (Tony) Lere, Thornton, Colorado; Kevin (Stephanie) Anders, Los Angeles, CA; Shannon Anders, West Des Moines, IA; Brian (Alison) Anders, San Jose, CA; and 3 great-grandchildren. One brother, Bob (Mary) Jones, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, survives; as well as a sister-in-law, Jody Jones (widow of Larry), Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Brother-in-law Carl (Linda) Fenn, Independance, Missouri; Sister-in-law Sheri Kokesh (widow of Richard), Albuquerque, NM. Chuck is survived by numerous nieces & nephews and special friends as well. He is also survived by Darlene's children: children: Larry Anderson, Beresford, SD; Dr. Matt (Bea) Anderson), Lino Lakes, MN; Dorothy Bockoven, Beaver Crossing, Neb.; Dianna (Dave) Tyler, Hartford, SD; Dr. Rod (Tami) Anderson, Ada, Ohio; Dr. Ron (Melissa) Anderson, Mitchell, SD; & Denise (Anderson) Wetrich, Beresford, SD. As well as Darlene’s 19 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.

Chuck was preceded in death by his brothers Richard & Larry Jones, a sister Janice Fenn, and his parents Vera and Francis Jones.
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