Donald “DJ” Jones, 69, of Keokuk, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Donnellson Health Center in Donnellson, Iowa.
DJ was born on January 12, 1952, in Oregon, the son of Helen Hagmeier. He grew up in the Keokuk area, graduating from Hamilton High School. He was employed as an autobody specialist, detailing and pinstriping cars with precision. His free time consisted of day-dreaming, successfully entertaining everyone around him and putting puzzles together.
DJ was a talented storyteller and a natural comedian, and he never wasted a chance to make a joke. He was a talented craftsman, creating beautiful items like intricate beadwork, homemade clocks and more. In his younger years, you could often find him at flea markets, both as a vendor and collector. Other interests included a love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, movies, and spending time with friends and family.
DJ is survived by four children: Sarah (Craig) Krogmeier of Kahoka, Missouri, Helena (Tony) Abbey of Keokuk, Donald (Traci) Wright of Fort Madison, Iowa, and Jason (Danielle) Wright of Kahoka, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren: Alexandra Brothers, Kyle Schmitt, Cory McElhoe, Callista Krogmeier, Annastasia Krogmeier, Livinnia Corvaia, Luke Krogmeier, Otylya Krogmeier, Dylan Kite, Colton Kite, Kiawntae Smith, Dejiah Smith, Skarlett Hoover and River Wright; eight great-grandchildren; and his brother David Gray of Keokuk.
DJ is preceded in death by his mother Helen and his grandson Damon Krogmeier.
DJ’s life will be celebrated with a graveside service at 10 am on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk, Iowa. A celebration of life with food and refreshments will be held at the Odd Fellows Lodge in Keokuk directly after the service.
Memorials may be made to the family in care of Jason Wright.
Tributes and condolences may be left at www.dejongsfuneralhome.com.
DeJong-Greaves-Printy Funeral Home of Keokuk is in charge of arrangements.