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Eric D. Jones

February 11, 1958 September 14, 2010
Eric D. Jones
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Obituary for Eric D. Jones

Eric D. Jones, of Highland, born February 11, 1958, died Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

He was preceded in death by his father, LaVerne M. Jones (d.September 13, 2003) and son, Justin Michael Jones (d. March 5, 1996). Eric is survived by his beloved wife Mairi; loving daughters, Jasmine, Kelsey, Megan; mother, Eleanor Jones; brother, Douglas (Gail) Jones; sisters, Suzanne Jones, Nancy Broadway; uncles, Don (Karon) Thibedeau, Neil (Kay) Jones; aunts, Janette Decker, Neva Latham; nephews, Charles Jones, Stephen Neal; nieces, Desirae Ott, Claire Jones, Lottie and Janee� Broadway, Stacey, Angie, Audra and Laura Neal; brothers in law, Gordon (Kathy) Neal, Stuart Neal, Glenn Neal; sister in law, LeeAnne Neal.

He was an alumni of the 1974 Northwest Cascades Outward Bound program, a 1976 graduate of Canton High School and attended Hobart School of Welding. Eric worked for Atmosphere Furnace for 25 years. He had a love of nature and his experience with the Outward Bound program in the Cascades of Washington made a lasting impression on him. Some of his favorite places to walk and explore were at Kensington MetroPark in Milford, Michign and Hocking Hills Park in Ohio. Eric loved playing with his dogs.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, September 17, 2010, at Highland Congregational Church, 1605 N. Hickory Ridge Road, Highland, 1PM. The Rev. Dr. Gary E. Evans to officiate. Family and friends may gather from 11AM until time of service. Cremation to follow. A Memorial luncheon will be held at the church immediately following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jones Family Fund, checks made payable to Mairi Jones, or the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018. For further information please phone Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Milford, 248-684-6645


Eulogy delivered at Funeral Service by Mike McGuire:

"These past few days my mind has been overwhelmed with memories I shared with Eric, not so much about how great the memories were but how many there are. Eric Jones was quite simply the nicest person I've ever met. Eric was nice to everybody. Never cynical. He would talk to total strangers like he knew them his whole life. Eric was very generous, not just with possessions but generous with his time. He was a very good listener. I leaned on his shoulder many times. Eric was very genuine in every sense of the word, what you see is what you got and what we saw in Eric was a very honest, laid back, happy individual.

Eric loved the outdoors whether it was hiking, camping, swimming, canoeing. He always had up to date park stickers on his car windshields. And his cool cars, by the way, from big boaty convertables that sat 25 people comfortably to the infamous little red baja bug.

Something else Eric always loved were dogs. Eric never met a dog he didn't like and visa versa. When he would talk to those total strangers, it was usually dog talk.

Eric was was also a very hard working person. He went to school and learned how to weld, got a job, worked long crazy hours climbing in and out of these hot huge furnaces. He took me to a party once with his buddies from work and they were joking with him and I remember when he walked away they told me what a great welder he was, the best they had ever seen. I wasn't surprised because I knew he took it seriously, he had that type of work ethic. He worked for and achieved the American dream. Eric was a family man, loved his wife and 3 daughters, proud of his parents, brother and sisters. Now if you put all these qualities I've just mentioned together in one person it's easy to see why I'm overwhelmed these past few days with so many memories. A day will not go by when we won't remember you".



Poem delivered at Funeral Service by The Rev. Dr. Gary E. Evans:

�The Best�
God saw you getting tired?
and a cure was not to be.?
So He put His arms around you?
and He whispered �Come to Me�?
With tearful eyes we watched you.?
We watched you fade away.?
Although we loved you dearly,?
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,?
Hard-working hands at rest.?
God broke our hearts to prove to us,?
He chose to take the best.?
It�s lonesome here without you
we miss you more each day.
Life doesn�t seem the same?
since you have gone away.?
When days are sad and lonely
and everything goes wrong,?
we seem to hear you whisper?
�Cheer Up and Carry On�
Each time we see your picture?
you seem to smile and say,
�Don�t cry, I�m in God�s hands,?
we�ll meet again someday!�

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