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William F. “Bill” Jones
William F. “Bill” JonesJohn Deere 212William F. “Bill” Jones, 87 of Big Island, died peacefully Monday January 22, 2024 at the Marion General Hospital.

He was born August 16, 1936 in East Gary, Indiana to the late William A. and Georgiann (Cox) Jones, he was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Fred O. Collopy and siblings, Ray Cox and Charlene Smyth.

Bill was a 1955 graduate of the Edison High School. He had a very busy professional career. It began at the Marion Power Shovel, then the Whirlpool Corp. for over 20 yrs. He then went to work for Ashland Oil with a gas route. Bill and Betty started the Kountre Korner store in New Bloomington and then they bought and operated the Jones Mini-Mart in Green Camp. His final job after retirement was working at Menards. Bill was a very hard worker.

Bill loved taking care of his home and his Fords, he could often be found on his John Deere mowing the yard or in his garden, caring for his corn.

When his kids were younger, he didn’t miss many of their activities and when the grandkids came, he really cherished the time with them.

Surviving is his wife, Betty Lou (James) Jones, they were married June 15, 1957 at the New Bloomington UM Church. Their children, Jeri Severt of Marion and Robert (Michelle) Jones of Columbia City, Indiana
Grandchildren, Angie Highsmith, Merrik (Lauren) Jones, Lauren (Taylor) Jones, Elizabeth (James) Baughman, Kyle (Lindsey) Boyd and Jackie (Ken) Springer
16 great grandchildren and 3 great great granddaughters

Funeral services will be held Saturday January 27, 2024 at 11:00 am at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue. Pastor Tim Pasma will officate. Burial will follow in the LaRue Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4-6 pm at the funeral home in LaRue.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Marion Area Humane Society, 2264 Richland Rd, Marion, OH 43302

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

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#1 from: Mark Flesch
Columbus Ohio
Tue, Jan 23, 2024 at 5:32 PM

Jeri deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad and to Angie for the loss of her Grandfather.  Prayers to the family.

#2 from: Suzy Bracey
Tue, Jan 23, 2024 at 8:20 PM

May the LORD bless and keep each of you through this sad time. I got to know Mr Bill, by phone, around 2011.  We are cousins who have never met in person.  I helped write a family history book for my father’s family and found Mr Bill through knowing his 1/2 brother, Ray Cox. I spent many hours on the phone with him getting his family history and sharing our KY family info with him.  He was so happy for someone to put his family story all together in one place.  I felt the LORD gave me such a gift to get to know he and Ms Betty.  We talked many times about what JESUS had done for us… how HE died on the cross to take our sins away, was buried in the tomb, was raised from the dead…. And when we place our faith in JESUS, to be our SAVIOR, to forgive our sins…we can look forward to the resurrection of our bodies, and eternity in heaven with HIM. Mr Bill prayed to ask JESUS to forgive his sin and to be his SAVIOR.  Everyone will spend eternity somewhere—I pray you know JESUS as your SAVIOR too! GOD bless you all!

#3 from: Bill
Wed, Jan 24, 2024 at 10:41 AM

So sorry to hear this. He had been such a good friend.

#4 from: Dave Miller
Wed, Jan 24, 2024 at 11:02 AM

Bill and I met at cardiology rehab and we became friends. Bill was a good man. He talked about his family and friends. He was a honest, hard-working guy. RIP buddy...

#5 from: Cheryl J King
Thu, Jan 25, 2024 at 7:42 AM

Betty and family, so sorry for your loss.  Prayers for comfort.  

#6 from: Tina Lee Misavage
Hubbard OH
Thu, Jan 25, 2024 at 10:58 AM

Betty Lou, Jeri & Robert, So very sorry to learn of Bill's passing.  He was one of a kind and a great guy.  He will be missed by many.  Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

#7 from: Robert 'Doug' Bowling
Thu, Jan 25, 2024 at 11:03 AM

To Betty, family and many friends and loved ones ... My heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Bill was a good man and dear friend. May God's peace be with each of you through this time of loss and sorrow.

#8 from: Susan FLEMING
Thu, Jan 25, 2024 at 9:39 PM


#9 from: Brian E Napper
Fri, Jan 26, 2024 at 5:40 AM

May God be with you during this time of grief and forever.

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