Foster Jones |

Foster Jones

The Union staff

Memorial graveside services for Foster Lyman Jones of Grass Valley will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at the Glenwood Cemetery near Walnut, Kan. A reception will follow at the Walnut Methodist Church.

Mr. Jones died Wednesday, May 5, in Grass Valley. He was 89.

He was born Nov. 8, 1914, in Linneus, Mo., to George C. and Maude Foster Jones. He attended Walnut Public Schools and graduated from high school. He married Naomi Ruth Schoenig in May 1940, at the Walnut Methodist Church in Walnut, Kan. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. After the service he managed a grain elevator in Walnut. He then was a delivery agent for Standard Oil, providing service to farms in Crawford, Neosho, and parts of Bourbon County surrounding Walnut, Kan. for 15 years. He then delivered mail on a rural route from Walnut until his retirement. He and his wife moved to Grass Valley in 2002. He enjoyed gardening, farming, fishing, woodworking, travel, and camping. He and his wife traveled to Alaska up the Alaskan Highway and most states in the United States including Hawaii. They also traveled to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, and parts of Europe.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Carol Ann Jones and Robert D. Hurley of Big Oak Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Keith Everett and Janet Jones of Kalamazoo, Mich.; grandchildren Stephanie Jones Wong of Las Vegas, Nev., Benjamin and Daniel Jones of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Donna Hurley-Jones of Big Oak Valley; and great-granddaughter Eleanor Elizabeth Neve-Jones of Kalamazoo, Mich. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Naomi on Jan. 30, 2004; daughter, Martha Ann; and son, Roger Foster Jones in 1990.

Memorial contributions may be made to any hospice program, or the Walnut Methodist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith Carlson Wall Mortuary of Girard, Kan., and Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Connect with needs and opportunities from

Get immediate access to organizations and people in our area that need your help or can provide help during the Coronavirus crisis.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User