Funeral services for Gerald Wayne Jones will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Martin Crump of Family Life Church officiating.
Burial will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will take place one hour before the service.
Mr. Jones, 91, of Gillette, died of natural causes Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Close to Home Hospice House.
He was born July 12, 1921, on the family farm in Reading, Kan., the son of Hugh Hughes and Jessie (Wood) Jones.
He attended the Beaver Creek School and graduated from Reading High School.
Mr. Jones married Mabel Pauline Speed on March 7, 1946, and they farmed for a few years. They moved to Emporia, Kan., where he worked on the police force. In 1962, they moved to Gillette, and he went to work in the oil field.
He eventually established Jones Construction and Supply, building tanks and doing roustabout work in several states. He built a trailer park to help his employees find housing when the supply was short.
After retiring from the oil field business, he ran Jo’s Second Hand Shop.
In Emporia, he was active with the Boy Scouts, helping sponsor an Explorer post. He was always active in the churches where he lived, teaching Sunday school, helping with youth groups, serving on boards and singing in the choir. He was a member of the Gillette First Church of the Nazarene.
He is survived by his children, Judith England of Gillette, Janice Yarnell of Casper, Joanne Jewett of Benton City, Wash., and Lawrence Jones of Spearfish, S.D.; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to benefit Campbell County Memorial Hospice or the Gillette First Church of the Nazarene. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. Fifth Street, Gillette, WY 82716 or condolences via the Internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com or attached to the obituary at www.gillettenewsrecord.com.