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Wayne Donald Jones
Birth: Mar. 11, 1924
Newton
Jasper County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 19, 2003
Inverness
Citrus County
Florida, USA

Son of Vernie Allen (V.A.) Jones and Helen Byers Jones; two older brothers and one younger sister. Beloved husband of 59 years to his high school sweetheart, Irene. Wonderful father of two daughters and two sons, grandfather of six, great-grandfather of two.

1st Lt. in U.S. Army during WW2 and then recalled to serve in the Korean War. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery in Korea, 1951.

He was a graduate of the University of Illinois with two engineering degrees. He was a manager for Illinois Power Co for over 35 years, first in Decatur and later in Monticello, IL, where he retired. He and Irene then built a home in New Mexico and had another home in Florida before settling on Florida as their true retirement home. They lived there until he died in 2003.

He was very active in his churches in Illinois and Florida as treasurer, deacon and elder. Wayne loved to travel with his wife and family and meticulously planned many family vacations when the kids were young, providing them with an invaluable education in the history of the country. They tent-camped when it wasn't popular yet, and then later he and Irene graduated to a camper. He and Irene even bought a couple of small motorcycles and took them on their trips to the southwest so they could explore the area better.

Wayne could fix or build anything and always helped out with that when visiting his children on their many trips. He was a man of honor and high standards, and taught his children to be responsible and always strive for the best, no matter how much work that might take.

Well-respected by many; a fine man with a gentle and kind soul. Not a day goes by without his family remembering him and what a remarkable man, husband, father and grandpa he was.

Rest in peace, Dad. 
 
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 Parents:
  Vernie Allen Jones (1890 - 1959)
  Helen Shirley Byers Jones (1892 - 1990)
 
 Spouse:
  Irene Lois May Jones (1924 - 2013)*
 
 Siblings:
  Raymond Earl Jones (1916 - 1992)*
  Herschel Allen Jones (1918 - 2003)*
  Wayne Donald Jones (1924 - 2003)
  Shirley June Jones Mellinger (1927 - 2010)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Westlawn Cemetery
Newton
Jasper County
Illinois, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 10, 2007
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- Darrin Moore
 Added: Mar. 25, 2015
Just like when I used to send you cards, I'm a day or two late with birthday greetings! Miss you, Dad.
- BjJ
 Added: Mar. 13, 2015

- Shirley Thacker Hartman
 Added: Mar. 18, 2014
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