Willard F. Jones, 80 of Strasburg, CO was born on February 4, 1938 to Walt and Thelma Jones of Mullen Neb. He passed away October 11, 2018.
In high school, he was involved in track and football. He graduated from Mullen HS 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 on July 12, 1960. They lived in Aurora 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 Limousine cattle.
He loved to hunt and fish, 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 CO. He has five grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He has two sisters, Marlene Gaston and Shirley Ryschon. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Koni and grandson, Christopher.