James L. “Jim” Jones

James L. “Jim” Jones

September 10, 1933 – January 22, 2022

James “Jim” Jones passed away peacefully the afternoon of Saturday, January 22, 2022, with the love of his family and friends with him.  Jim was born in Sibley, Iowa in 1933.  His parents were Eva and Glenn Jones.

He received his degree from Sibley High School and began work with Northwestern Bell as a lineman.  While working at the phone company, he met the love of his life, Juanita Hegstad.  Jim joined the Air Force in 1953 and later that year, on December 21st would marry Juanita.

Jim would re-join the phone company after serving his country and in 1955 he and Juanita would welcome their first son, Kim.  Craig followed and Nancy was the last to join the family.  The family would move several times due to work transfers and eventually settled after retirement in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family.  He was an active member of the Masons and the Shriners.

Jim was a friend to everyone that knew him.  He was always willing to help with anything that was needed and was often called upon to do repairs and handy work.  There wasn’t anything in Jim’s mind that couldn’t be fixed or repaired.

He will be missed by his family; son, Craig Jones (Kathy Elsberry) of Boone, Iowa; daughter, Nancy Gruwell (Jerry) of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, Lindsey Davis (Scott) of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Brad Gruwell (Morgan Colony) of Omaha, NE; as well as other relatives and friends.  He will be dearly missed by his fellow residents and caregivers at Bickford Cottages on Blondo, Omaha, NE.

Jim was preceded in death by wife, Juanita; son, Kim; sister, Dorothy Wright; and parents, Glenn Jones and Eva Thomas.

VISITATION: Thursday, January 27th from 12noon to 1pm followed by Funeral Services at 1pm, all at West Center Chapel.  Interment will follow on Friday, January 28th, 1pm at Lakeview Cemetery, Spirit Lake, IA.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

To view a live broadcast of the Funeral Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.



  • Rhonda Nelson Posted January 24, 2022 6:54 pm

    Jim was a regular customer of the Koffee Kup in Arnold’s Park. I enjoyed many conversations over the years, with Jim. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers to his family.

  • Alan and Reba Munson Posted January 25, 2022 4:46 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for Jim’s family. May he rest in peace.

  • Greg & Dee Baloun Posted January 25, 2022 10:00 am

    In the olden days Jim help build the first 911 system in Dickinson County. May he rest in peace.

  • Bonnie Grabill Posted January 25, 2022 3:35 pm

    My sympathy to you and your family. Jim and my husband Don had many coffee’s with the guys. .a
    They loved fishing and telling their stories. Prayers for you.

  • Bonnie Grabill Posted January 25, 2022 3:46 pm

    Prayers and Sympathy to your family. Jim and my husband Don had many coffee times with the guys.
    They enjoyed fishing together and telling their fish tales.

  • Wyatt and Amanda Elsberry Posted January 27, 2022 8:16 am

    So sorry for your loss, may he fly and be at peace

  • Thomas Madigan Posted January 27, 2022 10:52 am

    In around 1977 Jim accepted a job offer to join our Northwestern Bell Telephone team in Spirit Lake, Iowa. He was responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of telephone business systems in Dickinson and Emmet Counties. Ironically, Jim & Juanita bought the house next door. They were always good neighbors. It was a sad day in 1985 when Juanita died very unexpected at age 51 due to some postoperative complications. As mentioned, Jim was a good neighbor, technician and most of all a good and kind person.
    My condolences to you Nancy & Craig, your children and all who were close to Jim..

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