Every day, thousands of people pass away and most quietly go to their graves, without any recognition, OTHER than what their family and small part of their community gives them.

I realize that we are able to honor more than just one person at a time in our country, and I'm not taking anything away from "celebrities" and other more "well-known" people in our society such as the recent passing of Alex Trebek but what did he do during his life that was so much more important than, for instance, our two Manningites who recently passed away?

I say he did nothing that was any more important for society than these 2 Manning folks and the thousands more who died around the country recently.

We spend TOO much time with so-called "hero worship" and not enough time getting to know those people who lived in our community and helped build it into what it is today.
Sadly, a lot of the younger people in Manning today, won't even know who Marilyn or Jim or their families are/were, where once almost everyone in the community years ago knew each person who passed away and several generations of their families.

Slowly the indifference each subsequent year with our fellow citizens is becoming similar to what it is like in huge cities where people don't even know their next door neighbors for the most part.
I didn't know Marilyn directly but knew Wayne & Cleone very well. I visited often with Cleone about history each year at the 5 Mile House Schuetzen Verein.
Wayne hauled a lot of grain with and for Kusel Brothers when we custom harvested for farmers years ago, and is where I first got to know him.

I visited often with Jim Wittrock over the decades, because he took walks along Railroad Street which is next to our farm fields where I drove along and worked on quite often.
He always had interesting things to talk about and was fun to visit with and I will miss his stories.

As long as I'm able, I'll continue to honor and give tributes on my web page to Manningites who pass away, and when I find time, to some of the living citizens, most of whom go about their daily lives quietly and ask for no recognition.
If you take some extra time to go through each tribute thoroughly (especially the Khrushchev story in Jim's audio) and read the extra information I show - even though it is just a very small snapshot of their lives, you might realize they had even more interesting lives than our celebrities and more nationally-known citizens...

Marilyn Jons
March 19, 1930 - November 7, 2020

Back: Cleone, Wayne, Marilyn
Front: Leona (Grimm), Herbert


Back: Dale, Marilyn holding Janine
Front: Steve, Barbara

MHS 1948

Back: Marilyn Schroeder, Marilyn Godiksen, Bill Opperman, Stanley Nissen
Front: Rose Ann Muhlbauer, Leland Kienast, Marian Kasperbauer

Marilyn Dorothy Jons

Visitation November 14 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM United Church Westside, Westside, Iowa
Funeral Service November 14 11:00 AM United Church Westside
Westside Cemetery, Westside
Huebner Funeral Home in charge of services
Masks and social distancing are required for all guests who attend services.

Marilyn Dorothy (Schroeder) Jons was born March 19, 1930, at the home of her parents, Herbert and Leona (Grimm) Schroeder, in Manning. She joined a brother, Wayne, and they were joined by a younger sister, Cleone.

The family moved around a lot in the Manning and Westside areas when they were young, as Marilyn's father worked for several different farmers. Marilyn attended kindergarten and first grade in country school at Hayes No. 5, went to 2nd through 8th grade in Westside, and then attended high school in Manning, graduating as the valedictorian of the Class of 1948. Marilyn was on the newspaper staff and in the Pep Club, and she has always been very proud that Manning High School won the Boys' Basketball State Championship in 1948. She had perfect attendance throughout high school.

After graduation, Marilyn moved to Des Moines for one year and worked at the Veterans' Administration, and then she returned to Manning to work in the office at the Wells Dairy Creamery.

Marilyn met Dale Jons at a dance at the Arcadia Legion Ballroom, and they were married at the Presbyterian Parsonage in Manning by the Rev. Harlan Kruse on October 6, 1951. They celebrated nearly 65 years of marriage when Dale passed away on July 22, 2016.

Marilyn and Dale settled on the Jons family farm 1 1/2 miles north of Westside, where both Dale's grandparents and parents had farmed and Dale had been born in 1930. One of their most proud moments was when they received their Century Farm award at the State Fair in 2006. They remained on the farm until January 3, 2014, when they moved to the Manilla Manor.

Marilyn was a devoted housewife and a caring mother and grandmother. She loved having the grandkids over for slumber parties (sometimes several days at a time), and they played many games of "Sorry" and "Happy Days." They especially loved her waffles, French toast, scotcharoos, chocolate chip cookies, porcupine meatballs, and macaroni and cheese!

Marilyn was an active member of the United Church Westside, where she had been church financial secretary and was a member of the women's group. She was also a member of the Westside Cemetery Association for many years.

Marilyn's hobbies over the years included vegetable and flower gardening, journaling all the important happenings of every day, attending Ar-We-Va sporting events and other activities, watching the Game Show Network, working on word searches and crosswords, and playing 500 Rummy, Crazy 8's and King's Corners. Andy Williams and Donna Reed were among her favorites! Listening to the "Polka Party" on KDSN was a daily activity, and every Saturday night's schedule included watching "Lawrence Welk" and "Mollie B's Polka Party." She was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

In addition to her parents, Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Dale; son Steven Jons on June 29, 2020; son-in-law Davey Kock in 2012; brother, Wayne Schroeder; sister and brother-in-law Cleone & Freddie Podey; her parents-in-law, Henry & Martha Jons; Dale's siblings and their spouses: Luella & Orvill Nobiling, Melvin & Opal Jons, Norma & Ivan Frahm, Edna in infancy, and Elsie & Vernon Rickers.

Marilyn is survived by three children, six grandchildren and their spouses and 10 great-grandchildren; daughter Barb and her husband Pat Wuestewald of Manilla and their children: Adam and his wife Stephanie of Norwalk and sons Austin, Brady and Carson; Meghan and her husband Jeff Wilson of Elkhorn, Nebraska, and their daughters Chloe and Julia; and Molly and her husband Derrick Bradstreet of Eudora, Kansas, and their sons Colt and Coy; daughter Janine Kock of Westside and her children: Kellsey and her husband Wade Morrison of West Des Moines, and their daughter Isabella; Kendra and her husband Trent Fredericksen of Bennington, Nebraska, and sons Samuel and Benjamin, and Jared and his wife Kenzie of Arcadia; and daughter Doreen and her husband Nicholas Hansen of Westside; sister-in-law Lila Schroeder of Manning; as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Dale & Marilyn Jons

1947 Homecoming Court

Back: Zita Smith, Marion Godiksen, Marilyn Schroeder
Front: Faye Jensen, Madonna Steen, Marilyn Grau

1948 MHS graduates:Wayne Alwill, Ruth Behrens, Leone Beyer, Dorothy Blum, Herbert Buschman, Roger Clark, Arlo Dammann, Jimmy Farrell, Virginia Felt, Dick Geith, Marion Godiksen (salutatorian), Marilyn Grau, Colene Gray, Delton Gruhn, Shirley Grundmeier, Russell Hammer, Orville Hinze, Faye Jensen, Don Kasperbauer, Bob Koch, Iris Kuhl, Darlene Lamp, Dale Leinen, Willis Lohmeier, Ruth McConnell, Norma Meggers, Darlene Mincey, David Musfeldt, Coreen Nickum, Stanley Nissen, Geraldine Reimers, Bill Roberts, Merlin Rostermundt, Royce Rowedder, Virgil Rowedder, Charles Schelldorf, Glen Schmidt, Marilyn Schroeder (valedictorian), Shirley Schroeder, Wayne Schroeder, LaDonna Schrum, Zita Smith, Madonna Steen, Lyle Stoberl, Patty Valentine, Alice Wagner, Allen Wegner, Opal Weems

1948 former students: Lois Algren, Margaret Allen, Duane Bingham, Marilyn Bliefert, Jerry Bonnesen, JoAnne Boss, Bob Bringleson, Charles Davis, Delores Dethlefs, Victor Diels, Hazel Doyel, Duane Ellison, Lee Furgason, Virgene Grimm, Lois Hargens, Jeania Hyde, John Kellogg, Donald Kramer, Teddie Marsh, Paul Mentzer, Donna Moore, Barbara Petersen, Dwayne Petersen, Hugo "Junior" Ress, Dean Soppe, Louis Schwiesow, Margaret Singsank, Delores Stamp, Allen Steele, Shannon Sullivan, Betty Umland, Darlene VanVuren, Marvin Willenborg, Carol Wood

School information

Hayes No. 5

Page 84 of the Manning Schools history book

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