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Clayton “Cap” E. Jones 1918-2012

April 24, 2012
Emmetsburg News

RUTHVEN -- A Mass of Christian Burial for Clayton "Cap" E. Jones was held Monday, April 23, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Tom Geelan officiated.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Ruthven. Military graveside rites were performed by members of Ruthven American Legion Post #33. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven was in charge.

Clayton Everet Jones, son of Thomas R. and Irene (Philips) Jones, was born March 31, 1918, on a farm south of Plover. He received his education in the Plover school system, graduating from Plover High School in 1936. Clayton, at a very young age, became known as "Cap" to his family and friends. He began doing carpentry work at the age of 18.

On June 3, 1940, Cap was married to AltaVene Baker in Rolfe.

Cap continued his carpentry work until 1942. On Sept. 25, 1942 he enlisted in the United States Army Air Force. Cap served in the South Pacific in the 1885th Engineers Aviation Battalion. On Aug. 25, 1944, he was part of the Invasion of Guam and then on June 15, 1945 Cap was stationed in Okinawa. On Aug. 19, 1945 his battalion received word that the Japanese had surrendered. Cap was honorably discharged from the service on Jan. 14, 1946, having received the Bronze Star for his participation in the Ryukus Islands Campaign.

After returning from the service, Cap began farming in Plover and continued until 1969 when he and Al began operating Cap and Al's Resort on Lost Island Lake. Cap also drove semi for Spencer Brokerage from 1971 until 1992, when he and Al moved into Ruthven.

Cap enjoyed woodworking, playing golf and playing Bridge with his card club. He also looked forward to attending dances with Al. They enjoyed traveling together and spent 28 years wintering in Arizona, where they participated in patio parties with their friends.

Cap passed away Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Spencer Municipal Hospital at the age of 94.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, AltaVene in 2006; and a granddaughter, Katie Jones.

He is survived by his children, Rex Jones and his wife, Elizabeth of Spencer, Tracy Hoben of Ruthven and Sid Jones and his wife, Linda of Jefferson; his grandchildren, Ben and Tina Hoben, Tammy and Dan Chapman, Adam and Stephanie Jones, Nicki and Nick Finkenauer, Megan Jones, and Sergei Jones; 12 great grandchildren; a brother, Warren Jones and his wife, Lillian of Gladstone, MO; a sister, Adela Griffel of Fort Dodge; as well as many other relatives and friends.

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