In loving memory of

Jason E. Jones
January 24, 1966 - May 18, 2023

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Jason E. Jones, 57, of Muscatine, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2023.

Celebration of Life will take place on 3 June 2023 from 2-4 p.m., at the Faith United Church of Christ. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 2-3 p.m., and moments of remembrance from
3-4 p.m. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Muskie Booster Club for either softball, baseball, or the vocal music club. Online condolences may be made at

Jason E. Jones was born on 24 January 1966, in Muscatine, to John E. and Judith L. Magel Jones.

Jason was a 1984 graduate of Muscatine High School where he was a First Team All-State baseball player and an MVP Iowa Allstar. He set the MHS's 3rd best single season baseball record with a batting average of .474 and 11 homeruns. He continued his education at Muscatine Community College where he played baseball. He finished his baseball and academic career at the University of Iowa where he lettered in baseball and graduated with a Baccalaureate in Communications. He was inducted into the Muscatine High School Hall of Fame in 2022.

He was an active member of several hunting clubs to include; The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA), Pheasants Forever, and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

Jason enjoyed hunting, cooking, and baking. He also enjoyed training his hunting dogs, going to ball games, and coaching. Most recently, he loved being a grandpa and foster grandpa.

Jason is survived by Nancy Ward; his children, Kaylee (Ian) Hinkamper, Kendi (David) Summers, Kyra Jones, and Jen Ward; grandson, Ender Hinkamper; parents, John and Judith Jones; siblings, Joffre Jones and Jade Jones (Vicki) and their children, Dawson, Marli, and Canon; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; numerous friends; and his dogs, Gizmo, Bandit, Chopper, and Scooby.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, maternal and paternal, and his beloved German Shorthairs, Java, Greta, Britt, Bodie, and Ellagator.


Robert Brown wrote on Jun 12, 2023:

"I am so sorry that Jason has died. I grieve with you, John and Judi, because losing one's child has to be so difficult. I remember Jason as a young athlete from elementary school. He was so competitive, so focused, and so disciplined as he responded to coaches when he competed as a sixth grader. As he grew older, I watched him grow in church through his high school years. He was an amazing young man, though I only watched from a distance because I was dealing with younger kids. John and Judi, I hope you have so many great memories of him and his activities, and I wish the best for his daughters and their families. What a loss to our world!"

Matthew Swanson wrote on Jun 3, 2023:

"My deepest condolences and prayers are with Nancy and family during this very beyond difficult time"

John & Kathy Witte wrote on Jun 2, 2023:

"Kaylee, Kendi & Kayra - we are so sorry for you loss. Keep all of your memories close. With deepest sympathies - John & Kathy Witte"

Grace Steckman wrote on May 31, 2023:

"John, Judy and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Having lost my own son, Tony, who also was a good friend of Jason"s, I can identify with your pain. I always loved Jason for being the friend that he was and how friendly he was to me when we worked in the same area at Kent Feeds and when I last saw him at A Guy and a Grill.several months ago, I was so delighted to see him as it had been many years but he was the same delightful person he always was! Rest in Peace Jason and say HI to Tony for me. Heaven is a much brighter place with you there! Prayers, Grace Steckman"

Kevin Burns wrote on May 29, 2023:

"I?m so very sorry to hear of your loss (and all of our loss). Jason was a wonderful teammate at MHS and at Iowa - not only a great player (his swing made the most amazing whooshing sound I?ve ever heard) but also a great encourager and always fun to be around. It?s hard to believe I won?t run into him around Muscatine. He?d always greet me with a huge grin and we?d chuckle over some memories. He?d also beam when he talked about his girls. Wow he?ll be missed. Praying for the peace of Christ for all of his family. "

Larry and Susan Schott wrote on May 29, 2023:

"Kaylee, Kendi, Kyra and family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. With deep sympathy from, Larry and Susan Schott & family "

Dan Paetz wrote on May 24, 2023:

"The Paetz Family Loves Jason and this great family. So many great memories of Jason throughout the years. Will do our very best to be there to honor and celebrate Jason's life and legacy. He is with us. We love him and love all of you. Sending the peace and love of Jesus to each and every one of you. "

Margaret (Margie Watson) Evans wrote on May 22, 2023:

"So sad to hear about Jason, what a great guy he was. I remember hanging out at the Jones family house with such cool parents. And John sang at our wedding, what a special memory that is. Hugs to the Jones family. Love, Margaret (Margie Watson) & Doug Evans ??"

Tyson Koch wrote on May 22, 2023:

"I am truly sorry for your loss. Jason was a legend at Muscatine High school as a baseball player. The thing I will always remember about him though is that he would always stop and take the time to talk and make others feel appreciated. "

Brad Key wrote on May 22, 2023:

"My sincere condolences to all of Jason's family. He was a true, rock solid, loyal friend. I have so many great memories from our youth playing baseball, hunting, and time spent together. My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Brad Key M.H.S. 1984 "

Kim Libenguth wrote on May 22, 2023:

"Such shocking news. I have very fond memories of Jason and his friendship. I loved watching him play ball as a Muskie and a Hawkeye. I will always be thankful to Judy for taking me along to the out-of-town high school games to watch the guys play. My love and condolences to his beautiful family and many friends. - Kim Libenguth"

Bob Allbee wrote on May 21, 2023:

"My sympathy...very sorry for your loss. Bob Allbee "

Sandra Roth and family wrote on May 21, 2023:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, John and Judy. So sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences. Sandy Roth and family"

Sandra White wrote on May 21, 2023:

"John, Judith and family, Sending much sympathy for your devastating loss. Sandra White and family."

Doug Weber wrote on May 20, 2023:

"I remember being in awe of Jason and his baseball abilities back in high school. My condolences to the family."

Rebecca Ernst wrote on May 20, 2023:

"Everyone who knew Jason liked him. He was that kind of guy. Beautiful smile . Friendly. You have our deepest sympathies. John and Becky Ernst classmates"

Angie Jefferson Chambliss wrote on May 20, 2023:

"Sending my condolences to Mr and Mrs Jones and the entire family. Jason was a great man. I?m lucky to have shared so many great memories with him. Praying for you all during this difficult time. Angie Jefferson Chambliss "

Tracy Jefferson Anson wrote on May 19, 2023:

"I'm so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. My sincere condolences. Tracey Jefferson Anson"