Harlan Floyd Jones

  • Born: July 22, 1941
  • Died: October 24, 2021
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Harlan Floyd Jones, age 80, of Battle Creek passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2021, after a brief illness. Harlan was born on July 22, 1941 to Floyd Arthur Jones and Mildred Bernice (Adams) Jones in Roseville, California. He graduated in 1959 from Roseville Union High School and continued his education at La Sierra College in Rocklin, California.

In 1964, Harlan enlisted with the United States Air Force where he worked on reciprocating engines and was a reservist for six years.

On April 10, 1965, Harlan married JaniceLynn Bold in Reno, Nevada, at the Chapel of the Bells. Both born and raised in California, Harlan and JaniceLynn relocated to Battle Creek, Michigan in 1966, for Harlan to work with the Defense Logistics Services Center where he served 38 years, retiring on January 2, 1998. After retirement, Harlan enjoyed a few years off before he returned to work. Harlan worked on grounds and maintenance at Custer Greens Golf Course and later at Meijer (Comstock-Gull Road) setting up store displays, and in the toy department, which he loved.

Harlan was an avid Amateur Radio Operator (KM8U) and member of 3905 Century Club. In 1992, Harlan received a United States of America County Award by CQ, the Radio Amateurs Journal, for contacting over 10,000 counties. Harlan also served as a volunteer with the National Association for Amateur Radio Emergency Service as a weather spotter. In addition to amateur radio, Harlan volunteered for the Red Barn Raceway Slot Cars at Gilmore Car Museum.

Harlan built a home for his family in 1975 and he took great pride in building and maintaining the home for the family he loved. He and JaniceLynn lived in the home together for 45 years and in April 2021, they celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

Harlan was very active and in his free time enjoyed slot cars, racing, computers, genealogy, traveling, photography, and Christmas. On Saturday nights during the summer, you could find him helping his friends in the pits at Galesburg Speedway, attending Cruise the Gut, or traveling with JaniceLynn to relaxing destinations. Harlan attended Gull Lake Bible Church where he enjoyed his church family and his bible studies.

Surviving are his wife, JaniceLynn (Bold) Jones; daughter, Alyssa Jones (Greg Weever); brother, Richard B. (Cindy) Jones; granddaughters, Tiffani and Samantha Jones; and grandson, Daniel Jones. Harlan was preceded in death by his mother, father, and son, Brett Harlan Jones in 2011.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 1, 2021 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Funeral services to celebrate Harlan's Life will be held 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at the Gull Lake Bible Church, 1491 Midland Drive, Hickory Corners, Michigan 49060. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gull Lake Bible Church or Gift of Life Michigan.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to hear about this. My thoughts are with the family.

Posted by Connie Vaughn - Delton, MI - Neighbor   November 01, 2021

So sorry to hear of Harlan's passing. Harlan was one of my early mentors in amateur radio, encouraging me to get my license some 30+ years ago. My prayers and condolences to his family.

Posted by Bill Troskey - Battle Creek, MI - Acquaintance   October 31, 2021

I am so sorry for your family..I know just how you are feeling right now. It has been a little over a year and I still have my times ...I had no idea Harlan was sick..Call when you have time...I can’t find your number....{.269-365-8403}. Edith Sullivan. I live in Portage now..

Posted by Edith Sullivan - Portage,, MI   October 30, 2021

Harlan Jones was a friend for over 30 years. He and Janice were always loyal friends. Harlan freely gave his time as a volunteer at the Gilmore Car Museum working with educational groups and doing maintenance and repairs behind the scenes. His out going nature always added to the conversation. Harlan will be missed.

Posted by John Lacko - Kalamazoo, MI - friend   October 27, 2021

You will truly be missed. We have many fond memories of our two families gathering for the holidays. Having a nerf gun fight with the kids stocking stuffers until the wee mornings on Christmas Eve. You coming to California, MD for Thanksgiving and it was so warm you set up your radio in our shed.

So many more memories.....

Posted by Jerri Kehoe (Bold) - Brownsville, CA - Family   October 26, 2021