William T. ‘Bill’ Jones, 81, Emporia: Sept. 25, 1938 – Sept. 3, 2020

EMPORIA, Kan. – William T. “Bill” Jones, 81, passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at Presbyterian Manor, Emporia, Kan. He was born Sept. 25, 1938, in Cecil Cove, Ark., the son of Charles Elliot and May Ana Elizabeth Lamb Jones.

Bill’s family moved to Osage City, Kan., when he was a toddler. He attended Osage City High School and graduated with the class of 1956. As a young man, Bill spent the summers with his uncle, Tom Lamb, and cousins at Cecil Cove. He worked a short time for his sister and brother-in-law, Wayne and Marie Jones, at the Jones Dairy, in Osage City. He also worked at his brother Orbin’s car dealership in Osage City before moving on to become a heavy equipment operator. This took him throughout Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, building various road and reservoir projects. Bill would return to Osage City and begin a 15-year career with Hallmark as a forklift operator at the Osage City and Leavenworth locations.

Bill was joined in marriage to Ida Jo Haag-Swisher, Feb. 13, 1993, at the St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, Lansing, Kan. Bill and Ida Jo entered retirement together in July 1996 and resided in Madison and Olpe, Kan. In 2013, they moved to Presbyterian Manor, Emporia. Bill was known by “Catfish” to his friends. He loved to fish, whether it be with a rod and reel, trot line or noodling. He enjoyed many memorable weekends with his brothers-in-law, nephews and friends at “The Hill”. Eventually his vision would limit his travels and fishing adventures.

Bill will forever live in the hearts and memories of his children, Lisa (Bill) Cox, of Madison, James (Dixie) Swisher, Inman, Kan., Dena Swisher, Auburn, Kan., Lonnie (Nancy) Swisher, Omaha, Neb., Benjamin Swisher, Olpe; son-in-law, Doug (Jeri) Brinkman, Parsons, Kan.; nephew, Lance (Jeannine) Jones, Vassar, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Wayne Jones, Osage City; and numerous extended family and countless dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ida Jo; a daughter, Lynn Brinkman; his parents; sisters, Marie “Frankie” Jones, and Ava “Casey” Regenold; and brothers, Earl, Fredrick and Orbin Jones.

Cremation is planned with inurnment at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Olpe. Due to COVID-19, services will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hand In Hand Hospice or Kansas Talking Books Advisory Council, Emporia, and sent in care of the Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, PO Box 43, Lebo, KS 66856. Condolences can be left at vanarsdalefs.com.

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