Steven Dale Jons was born March 16, 1955, to Dale and Marilyn (Schroeder) Jons, in Carroll.
Steve was baptized and confirmed at the United Presbyterian Church in Westside.
He attended the Ar-We-Va Community Schools and graduated with the Class of 1973, where he participated in football, track and baseball.
After high school, Steve started working for Triple F in Westside and then moved on to Cal-Car (FS) in Westside, where he worked for over 20 years doing various jobs but was especially proud of the gas truck he drove. After leaving Cal-Car, he worked several locations in Carroll including Pella, Farner-Bocken, and Graddy’s Tomatoes.
He greatly enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, playing slow pitch softball, and he loved the Dallas Cowboys – all things that he learned from his dad. He also was a great bowler, winning several trophies over the years, and was very competitive in dart tournaments in which he participated. He was a former member of the Moose Lodge in Carroll.
Steve lived in the Westside and Carroll areas until the fall of 2011, when he moved to Des Moines. Alcoholism was a constant battle for Steve in his life. Over two years of his time in Des Moines was spent at Hope Ministries Door of Faith. He was successful in that structured atmosphere and enjoyed frequenting the zoo, watching wildlife around area ponds, and riding around Des Moines on the Metro bus and having conversations with all of the people he would meet. He scoured the Des Moines Register for sports scores and other news from back home and called often to learn the latest happenings. Once leaving Door of Faith, the battle with alcohol resumed.
He passed away Monday, June 29, 2020, after a heart attack on Sunday, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. Steve’s legacy will be saving lives through organ donation through the Iowa Donor Network.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Marilyn Jons, and a brother-in-law, Davey Kock.
He is survived by his three sisters and their families -- 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, Neb., and their daughters Chloe and Julia; and Molly and her husband Derrick Bradstreet of Eudora, Kan., and their sons Colt and Coy; 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, Neb., and their sons Samuel and Benjamin, and Jared Kock and his wife Kenzie of Arcadia; and Doreen and her husband Nicholas Hansen of Westside; one aunt, Lila Schroeder of Manning; as well as several other relatives, and many friends.
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