ST. LOUIS -- Services were Tuesday for Edward D. Jones Sr., who founded a financial firm that had 495 branch offices in 33 states.
The St. Louis-born Jones, 89, died Sunday at St. Mary's Health Center in suburban Richmond Heights.
He founded Edward D. Jones and Co. in 1922 and, though he reduced his workload in 1979, worked at the company almost until the time of his death. Jones acquired a seat on the New York Stock Exchange in 1942.
The firm merged in 1943 with Whittaker & Co., which was founded in 1871 and had been the oldest brokerage west of the Mississippi River before the merger.
Jones' wife, Ursula Griesedieck Jones, died in 1981. He is survived by a son, Edward D. Jones Jr. of Williamsburg, Mo., a senior partner of the firm. Also surviving are two daughters, Ann J. Key and Martha Jones, both of St. Louis.