Paul Robert Jones was born Oct. 29, 1916, in Aurelia, the son of Robert Raymond and Bessie Blanche (Loucks) Jones. Paul attended school and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1934. Then he attended Iowa State Teachers College, graduating with his B. S. Degree in 1938. Paul was the first All American Football Player named at the college, and was later inducted into the sports Hall of Fame at the University of Northern Iowa. Paul taught school and coached at Correctionville, Adair, and Spencer. On June 1, 1941 Paul married Genevieve Cathrine Ostergaard, who was teaching school in Correctionville, in Cedar Falls. Paul was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps on Nov. 15, 1942, and obtained the rank of First Lieutenant before being honorably discharged at San Francisco, Calf. in 1947.
While in military service, Paul was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After he returned home, he farmed north of Aurelia until his retirement on Oct. 29, 1978. In 1981, the couple moved to Kissimmee, Fla.
Paul returned to Aurelia following the death of Genevieve on Jan. 23, 2008, and became a resident of Sunset Knoll Nursing and Rehab Center. Paul was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, the Grashoff-McManus American Legion Post #390 of Aurelia, and the Rotary in Florida, where he received the Paul Harris Fellow award. He enjoyed playing bridge, all sports, reading, walking and swimming, and most of all spending time with his family.
Preceding Paul in death were his parents; his wife Genevieve; an infant son, Clayton Howard in 1953; two sisters, Gladys and Gertrude; and one brother, Richard.
Survivors include one daughter, Janis Gifford and her partner Tom Sjoberg of Kissimmee, Fla. and three sons and their wives, Ron and Sue Jones of Aurelia, Roger and Betty Ann Jones of Kissimmee, Fla., and Bruce and Deena Jones of Aurelia; 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.