James Woodrow Jones, 90, of Great Falls, a
retired highway and heavy construction supervisor, died of natural causes
Tuesday at a local hospital.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at
Schnider Funeral Home. A private family service will be held Saturday.
He is survived by his wife of 65
years, Dorothy Jones of Great Falls; his sons, James M. (Rebecca) Jones of
Santa Rosa, Calif., and Robert G. (Janice) Jones of Great Falls; five
grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a niece and a nephew.
Jim died peacefully Nov. 13, 2007,
surrounded by his loving wife, children, grandchildren and
He was born June 2, 1917, in Great
Falls, to Perry Jones and Anna M. (Adamek) Jones. He attended local schools
and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1935. He attended Carroll
College in Helena until 1938, when he joined the Great Northern Railroad as a
foreman with the bridge repair crew.
In 1940, he joined Nelson-Smith
Construction Co. of Great Falls as a foreman, building highways throughout
Montana. During World War II, Jim built airfields and other military
installations in both Montana and Washington. He continued as superintendent
with Nelson-Smith until 1965, when he became the general manager of Montana
Sand and Gravel. After more than 46 years in highway and heavy construction,
he retired in 1986. He was considered one of the most respected, professional
and honest contractors during his long and successful career.
On Oct. 23, 1942, Jim married
Dorothy Anne Kennedy of Great Falls.
Jim was recognized for his
strength, determination and love for his family. He will be greatly missed
and continually loved as a husband, father, grandfather and
He was preceded in death by his
parents; a brother, Perry J. Jones Sr.; and eight aunts and uncles.
Condolences may be posted online
Published in the Great Falls Tribune on 11/15/2007.