Robert Lee Jones | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

August 5, 1935 - November 1, 2019

Robert “Bob” Jones

Age 84, of Bloomington. Greatly loved by his wife, Merrilee (Olson); daughters, Kim Kauser (Mike) and Lisa Jurek; son, Mike Jones (Elizabeth); grandchildren, Nicole Riggs, Chris Kauser, Gabrielle Kauser, Alyssa Walsh (Dave), A.J. Omlie, Allison Thorne, Cody Jurek, Tristan Jurek and Brady Jurek; great-grandchildren, Jakob, Tatum, Alanah and London; brothers, Jim (Lora) Jones and Jack (Mai) Jones; and sister, Phyllis (Joel) Dillner. Preceded in death by his warm and fun loving wife, Jeanette (Olson) Jones; cherished daughter, Patty Omlie; brothers, Arthur “Buzz” Jones, Tom Jones; and sister, Bonnie Strauch.

Born and raised on a dairy farm in Moose Lake, MN, son of Arthur and Marvel (Tracy) Jones, where he learned hard work, a can-do spirit, entrepreneurship and saving a buck. Bob joined the Navy during the Korean War, specially trained to be an Air Traffic Controller which he performed on Naval Bases in Patuxent River, MD and Midway Island where an accident caused blindness. In spite of that he raised a family, worked in metal stamping, Minnesota Society for the Blind and maintained a home and yard. He developed carpentry skills and completed home projects with passion and precision. He was a consummate walker and found joy in listening to his favorite sports team – the Minnesota Twins, tuned in on WCCO! But, most importantly he achieved being a beloved husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa.

Thank you to all the caregivers at the VA, Regions Hospital, Capitol View Rehab and Southview Acres who gave care from the heart.


  1. Keith kalli says:

    So sorry for your loss. I knew bob when I worked at the legion in Bloomington and enjoyed many long conversations with him over beers. He was always in good spirits it seemed and was an inspiration to lots of us there. We enjoyed chatting about up north as I had a place in Cromwell where I now live.i haven’t seen him in 24 years but have told stories about bob many times.

    • Merrilee Jones says:

      Thank you, Keith for taking the time to share. It means so much to know that Bob was an inspiration to others and to read about your personal interactions with him. I am sure that he appreciated conversing with you and talking about his home town area. Bless you.
      Merrilee, wife, and family

  2. Deb says:

    So sorry for your loss Merrilee. My heart goes out to you and Bob’s family.

  3. Sheldon Hedin says:

    Sorry to hear the news about your husband. I talked to cousin Dale. Sending prayers your way from Montrose, where I live now. Sheldon Hedin

    • Merrilee Jones says:

      Sheldon, thank you for writing and your condolences. How nice that you took the time. I hope that you are doing well in Montrose.
      Bless you.

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