James "Jim" Fenner Jones, 75, of Granger died Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.\r\nJim was born May 11, 1945, at home on the south side of Des Moines, son of Glen and Josephine (Mitchell) Jones. He was the youngest of eight siblings. He married Barbara Bass of Johnston on April 2, 1967 in Des Moines. \r\n\r\nJim graduated from Ankeny High School, the building that is now Parkview Middle School, in 1963. Jim was busy with chores throughout school, but he did engage in a little joyriding with his friends. After high school, Jim started working at Meredith Printing Company. In 1965, Jim met his wife Barbara Bass and was drafted into the Army. He served in Korea for a year. Jim and Barb married when Jim was 21 and Barb was 19. They spent time in Georgia during Jim's service in the Army. \r\n\r\nAfter Jim's military service, Jim and Barb moved to Carlisle, Iowa so they could raise a family in a small town. Their daughter Jennifer was born on Jim's birthday. Jennifer was followed by two boys, Steven and Adam. Jim and Barb lost Jennifer soon after she finished high school. This loss was one of the most painful periods of their lives. Jim saw his son Steven graduate college and complete a career in the military as a Lieutenant Colonel. He saw his son Adam finish law school and start a career as an attorney. \r\n\r\nJim was of the old breed of do-it-yourselfers. He built home additions, fixed cars and trucks, built the family television from a kit, and tinkered with electronics and computers, often fixing televisions for friends. He once said that instead of paying someone for a repair job, he would rather buy a new tool. \r\n\r\nOne of Jim's great passions was camping in the mountains. He enjoyed the challenges of camping and the splendor of nature. He took his family all over the country, though nothing compared to being in the mountains. He meticulously planned his family's trips and took up photography as yet another hobby. He and Barb visited the mountains every year, spring and fall, as long as they were able. \r\n\r\nJim was a self-taught musician. For a time, he was the lead singer of the Day Dreamers, officially the best amateur band in Iowa in 1979. Although he never learned how to read music, he could listen to any song and sing and play it back on guitar. His children delighted in listening to him sing and play their favorite songs for them. \r\n\r\nJim's career was in printing. He started at the bottom at Meredith and rose through ranks to hold many positions including supervisor. Jim most enjoyed fixing equipment and solving problems. He continued on after Meredith was bought by R.R. Donnelley & Sons, and after R.R. Donnelley closed the printing plant in Des Moines, Jim and Barbie had to move to Pontiac, Illinois. Nevertheless, he was happy to retire and have more time for camping and his grandchildren. Jim and Barb lived out of their camper for a few months before settling in Granger, Iowa. \r\n\r\nJim could be described as solitary person, often tinkering with a project alone in the basement or garage. In truth, he liked to tell jokes and play games with his family. He would wear a big smile as he made up stories to entertain his children and grandchildren. He always treated others with kindness and respect in his professional and personal life. He taught his children to take care of themselves and love their children as he did his. Jim and Barb remained together through Jim's life. \r\n\r\nSurvived by: his wife, Barbara Jones; two sons, Steven (Shelly) Jones of Fairfax Station, VA, and Adam (Maggie) Jones of Ankeny; four grandchildren: Noa, Eva, Maximilian, and Josephine Jones; siblings: David (Kathy) Jones of Johnston, Geraldine (Dick) Remster of Adel, and Sherry (Larry) Shearer of Madrid. \r\n\r\nPreceded in death by: a daughter, Jennifer Jones; two brothers, Harry and Steven Jones; and two sisters, Shirley Harvey and Josephine Robertson. \r\nVisitation will be held from 1-2:00 PM, Sunday, January 31, 2021 Peterson's Funeral Home, 415 School Street in Carlisle 1pm-2pm; interment to follow. Masks are required. Social distancing is encouraged. \r\n\r\nOnline condolences may be made at www.petersonfuneralservice.com.