Bob Jones, 87

Former River Forest village president

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Robert Bruce (Bob) Jones, 87, of Decorah, Iowa, formerly of River Forest, died on Oct. 20, 2019, at Wellington Place in Decorah. He had been diagnosed only two weeks earlier with an untreatable lung disease. 

He served as River Forest village president from 1989 to 1993.

Bob is survived by his five children and their spouses, Nancy Jones and Michael Hovland, Martha and Carl Hunt, Eda Johnson, Wendy and Larry Rice, and Hugh and Cathy Jones; his grandchildren, Sven Hovland, Bjorn Hovland, Daniel Hunt, Katherine Hunt Yahvah, Lise Rice, Lora Rice, James Jones and Marlene Jones; his great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Fry, James Fry, and Jolene Yahvah; his sisters and brother in-law, Evelyn Jones, Louise Peterson, Marge Peterson and Francis Peterson; many nieces, nephews and other family members; his special friend, Kathryn Vigen, who had a committed and loving relationship with Bob during his final years; and by countless friends both near and far who held him dear and will miss him deeply. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Darlene Peterson; his siblings, Mary Elaine Parsons and William Jones, and his son-in-law, Kevin Johnson. 

A memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church in Decorah at 11 a.m. on Nov. 9 with officiants, Pastor Melissa Bills and Pastor Paul H. Christenson, a family friend of long standing. Visitation will precede at 10 a.m. A second service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. (with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.) at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, with his niece, Pastor Laurie Jeddeloh, officiating, followed by interment in the church cemetery. 

Arrangements were handled by Fjelstul Funeral Home.

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