Geoffrey Allan Jones, 58, “Baabiidaash”, Bizhew (Lynx) Clan of Duluth, Minnesota, a Leech Lake Band member began his journey to the spirit world on Monday, August 3rd, 2020 from Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.
Geoffrey was born in Brainerd, MN on August 17th, 1961 to Darlene (Morrow) Sanders of Sugar Point – Leech Lake Reservation and Louis Jones of the Mille Lacs Reservation. He grew up in Bemidji, Minnesota and attended elementary and secondary school there. Geoffrey furthered his education by attending St. Scholastica College in Duluth and Minneapolis Community College. He enjoyed playing softball for American Indian Services and volleyball for the Indian Health Board. Later, Geoffrey relocated back to the Duluth area to be near his family, residing at the San Marcos Apartments, where he made lifelong friends. He cherished the simple joys in life and did not take them for granted. Although his time on earth was limited by various health conditions, “Jeffrey” will be forever missed by his siblings, family and friends.
He is welcomed to the spirit world by his parents, Darlene Sanders and Louis Jones; brothers, Gregory, Thomas, and David Jones; sister, Audrey Jones; Maternal Grandparents: Lettie (White) and John Morrow of Sugar Point-Leech Lake Reservation; Paternal Grandparents: Florence (Jackson) and Fred Jones, Sr. of Mille Lacs Reservation; Uncles: Hartley White, Arthur, Walter and Max Morrow, Sr. of Leech Lake; Richard, Gaylon and Fred Jones Jr of Mille Lacs; Aunts: Caroline Morrow, Lettie (Morrow) Brown of Leech Lake, Shirley, Evelyn and Diane Jones of Mille Lacs; Nephew: Stacy Cotter and Niece: Sheila Cree.
Geoffrey leaves behind his brothers, Michael and Darrell Jones both of Duluth and Jason Merrill of St. Croix, WI; Sister (s): Deb (Russell) Northrup of Sawyer and LuAnn Merrill of St. Croix, Wisconsin; Uncle: Jack Morrow; Aunts: Leona Shaugobay, Barbara Shipley and Dorothy (Jones) Aubid of East Lake, Minnesota; Niece: Naomi Northrup; Nephews: Jerron Jones, Rory Northrup, Cameron, Daniel and Austin Jones, many great nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
An overnight wake for Geoffrey will begin at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 6th and continue until his 10:00 a.m. traditional service on Friday, August 7th all being held at the Bena Community Center in Bena, MN. Rick DeFoe will be the Officiant. Pallbearers for Geoffrey are Jon Wright, Richard Cotter, Jolon Cotter, Jeremiah Cotter, Daniel “Bizhew” Jones and Clayton Rainey. Alternate pallbearers are Caide Northrup and Russ Northrup. His honorary pallbearers are Deb Northrup, Michael Jones and Darrell Jones. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Bena, MN.
Geoffrey’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com
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