Merle Jones

Merle Jones, 78, of Lincoln, passed away on February 12, 2018. He was born May 21, 1939 to Preston and Altha (Hull) Jones in O’Neill. He was the owner of Jones Appliances for many years as well as a Para for Lincoln Public Schools. Veteran of the United States Army, member of Southwood Lutheran Church, member of the Eagles Club in O’Neill (3644), past president of the Eagles Club Grand Island (4539). He also loved to golf, dance, and was an avid Husker Fan!
Merle is survived by his loving wife Karen; children, Marcy (Tim) Grutsch, Stacia (Rich) Kennedy, Jason (Jenny) Jones; step-children, Reynold (Tammy) Merchant, Frank (Debbie) Merchant, Jennifer (John) Katz, Jessica (Doug Swanson) Nelson, Jeff (Margie) Merchant; 22 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Edwina Walter, Jenine Fridley; sister-in-law, Lorene Jones, sister-in-law, Marlene Handquist.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Maurice Jones, Milo (Anna) Jones, and infant brother; sisters, Ava (R.V.) Crumly, Lucille (Cecil) Griffith, Mabel (Walter) Duvall; infant step-son, Raygan Merchant; and brother-in-law, Miland Hanquist.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 17 at Southwood Lutheran Church, 4301 Wilderness Hills Blvd, Lincoln. Public visitation with family greeting friends will be held on Friday, Feb. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Roper & Sons South Lincoln Chapel, 3950 Hohensee Dr., Lincoln. Entombment at Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorial Contributions can be made to the family for future designation. Condolences online at

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