On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Russell W. Jones, Sr., loving father of four children, passed away at the age of 90. Russell was born on September 6, 1929 in Kansas City, KS. He served in the Army in Korea, earning a purple heart. Russell then attended the University of Kansas in the early 50’s and began to build homes in Lawrence at that time. He went on to successfully build hundreds of homes and apartments, retiring in the mid 80’s.
Russell married Diane Street and they had four children. They later divorced. He then met his longtime companion, Sara Schlappi and they traveled the globe together. Russell was quite the adventurer who enjoyed flying his own airplanes. At one point, he was the longest continuous dues paying member of the Lawrence Country Club where he loved to play golf and cards.
Russell was preceded in death by Sara and he leaves behind his four children: Russell Jr., Timothy, Jodi and Rebecca. Russell also leaves behind five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service is being planned for a later date.