Lester Jones of Manhattan, Montana, built his last road on April 10, 2015.
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He was born on April 29, 1925, in Ipswich, South Dakota. Growing up he worked on the family farm. He attended school in Ipswich until the eleventh grade when, at age 17, he enlisted in the Army. He fought in the Rhineland in Central Europe. This war is known as the Battle of the Bulge.
After receiving an honorable discharge, Dad traveled to the state of Montana working on heavy road equipment. Many of our roadways were built by Dad. He also traveled the western United States building roads, working on the Hoover Dam, or making logging roads.
On Feb. 20, 1952, Dad met his wife of 63 years, Verna Lee Loveland. From this union, four children were born: Mikie Arnson (Bob) of Clinton, Dennis (Kathy) of Belgrade, Mitch (Lola) of Belgrade, and Rob of Denver, Colorado. Dad also leaves behind three grandchildren, Cory Arnson (Heidi) of Missoula, Kayla Tipps, and Chad Arnson (Stephanie) of Clinton, and four great-grandchildren, Dane, Mariah, Hunter, and Colter.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and one brother. He is survived by sisters, Eleanor Haar (Leo) of Aberdeen, South Dakota, and Beverly Mardian (Stanley) of Denver, Colorado, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews, and his dog and best friend, Barney.
Burial will take place in Ipswich, South Dakota.
A special thank you to Hospice of Bozeman Deaconess, who made Dad's time at home comfortable. Take care, Dad, and we love you.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 17, 2015