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Ezra Jones

Ezra E. “Easy” Jones, age 95, of Washington, Iowa, died Monday, August 8, 2016, at the United Presbyterian Home in Washington following a short illness.

Celebration of life services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 11, 2016, at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home with Pastor Virgil K. Jones officiating.  Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 5-7 p. Interment with military honors conducted by Washington American Legion Post 29 will take place at Schrock Cemetery in rural Washington County, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Washington D.C. Honor Flight.  Online condolences may be sent for the family through the web at

Ezra was born February 10, 1921, in rural Novinger, Missouri, the son of Virgil Forrest and Mattie Manilla (Carnagey) Jones.  He attended the Golden Rule Country School in Novinger, Missouri.  Easy was united in marriage to Mary Josephine Hanssen on September 1, 1940, in Hopkinton, Iowa.  He served proudly during World War II with the “B” Battery of the 355th Field Artillery Battalion taking part in five major battles including the Battle of the Bulge.

Easy was a resident of Washington County since 1961.  He worked at Colonial Baking Company from 1947-1959 and was a salesman for Moorman Feed Company from 1959 until his retirement in 1983.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and most especially enjoyed showing albums and photos to his family and friends while telling his life stories.

He is survived by daughters, Marilyn Crandall of Brighton, Iowa, Murlee Bohr of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Debbie Hagerla and husband, Albert of Edina, Missouri; a son, Michael Jones and wife, Lori of Des Moines, Iowa; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren and eleven great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2012; two brothers, Norman and Virgil Jones; and two sisters, Juanita Truitt and Voncile Logston.