Arthur Paul Jones, 78

Arthur Paul Jones passed away peacefully surrounded by his children on March 24, 2012, at the age of 78 years. He was born in East Orange New Jersey on Dec. 21, 1933, and he was the only child of Johnson and Mildred (nee Harford) Jones. He graduated from Union High School in New Jersey in 1951 and from Roosevelt University in Chicago Illinois with a BSBA major in personnel administration in 1963. Arthur served in the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955.

He married the love of his life, Mary (Wurster) on Sept. 3, 1955. Together they had five children.

Arthur worked at Bell and Howell as a human resource manager before transferring to Hartford, Wis., to work as Micro Designís human resource director. He and his wife opened the Jordan House Bed and Breakfast in 1987. During this time he also worked as the Director of Weatherization Commission for the city of Hartford until his retirement.

While living in Wisconsin, he was an avid collector of antiques. For the past 20 years, he was an enthusiastic and passionate collector of marbles, traveling around the United States to attend marble shows and conventions. Arthur was a founding member of the Badger Marble Club of Wisconsin.

Arthur was well known and respected for his honesty, integrity and sound advice. He will be long remembered for his captivating stories and wonderfully colorful sense of humor. He will be loved and remembered fondly for these qualities.

Arthur was preceded in death by his son, Michael, who passed on Jan. 29, 1978, and his wife Mary, who passed on April 30, 1992.

He is survived by his children David (Anne) Jones, Kathy (Mark) Buchanan, Mary (Brian) Grensavitch and Steven Jones; his Grandchildren Michelle, Dustin, Matthew, Mark Allen, Nicole, Kyle and Derek. Arthur is also survived by his closest cousin Jack (Carmella) Crane.

Arthur is further survived by dear friends George and Judy Peterson, Bill and Vicki Bass and fellow marble collectors who have truly enriched his life over the past 20 years.

He is survived further still by his three and four legged relatives Sandy, Honey, Cocoa and Rae.

Reminiscing and sharing stories of Artís life will be with family and friends Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home in Hartford.

Special thanks to Dr. Eric Weber and his nurse Sandy for their dedicated care over the years. Also a special thanks to the Hartford Hospital Nursing Staff and VNA for their care and compassion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Golden Retriever Rescue Organization of Wisconsin. For more information on how to donate, please visit www.grrow.org.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home-Hartford is serving the family. www.berndt-ledesma.com.