Thayne Weston Jones, 95, McCracken, died Wednesday, September 21, 2021, Larksfield Place, Wichita, Kansas. He was born September 30, 1925 in Alexander Kansas to Orvin and Fern Jones. He married Valencia (Machree) Jones, Jan. 31, 1952, in Forsyth, Missouri, while serving in the U.S. Army in occupied West Germany, where they completed their honeymoon in the Bavarians Alps.
After his discharge they moved to Columbia Missouri where he completed his degree in Journalism at Missouri University. They took up residence in St James, MO, where they published the weekly St James Journal for three years, until sale of the newspaper to the Rolla Daily News. (Today the paper is published from St. James as the Journal-Leader).
In 1956 they moved to Raymond, Washington, where he was employed as News Editor of the weekly Raymond Herald and Advertiser. In 1958 they returned to Rush County, joining the Jones family farm business.
Thayne and his family were members of St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Hays where he was an active lay reader, church Vestry member, and assisted with the administration of the Holy Sacrament.
He is survived by his son Thayne Christian, his wife Marites (Tess) and his grandson, Ethan Michael all of Wichita.
He was preceded in death by his wife Machree, and his parents Orvin and Fern Jones
Memorial Services will be 11:00 AM October, 22 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church 2900 Canal Blvd. in Hays. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date in the Casey family Cemetery in Forsyth, MO. Arrangements in care of: Chris and Tess Jones, P.O. Box 781083 Wichita KS 67278.
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