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Lloyd W. Jones Jr.

April 26, 1925 ~ August 31, 2018 (age 93)

Lloyd W. Jones, Jr., 93, passed away at home on August 31, 2018. He was born on April 26, 1925 in Muskogee, OK to Lloyd W. Jones, Sr. and Edith (Makemson) Jones. During his childhood, he lived in Muskogee, OK, Parsons, KS, and Oklahoma City, OK. He graduated from Central High School in Oklahoma City in 1943 and entered the US Army Air Corps serving as a radio operator. He was discharged in 1946 and went to college under the GI Bill of Rights, graduating with a music education degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1951. He taught in Fleming, CO and Leland, IL. Like many Midwesterners, he gravitated to Chicago. There, he attended Northwestern University and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education.From a young age, he studied piano and marimba. Over time, music became a vocation as well as an interest. He learned to play many instruments and shared his talents in many ways as a teacher, church choir director, dance band member, and piano tuner all around the Fox Valley area. It is estimated that he played at least 15 musical instruments. For several summers, when not teaching, he would learn a new instrument and explore its different qualities. On October 2, 1954, he married Faith Schule of Aurora, IL. He and Faith moved with their children to North Aurora in 1959. He taught at West Aurora School District #129 for 25 years. He was a member and choir director at First Presbyterian Church. He had many friends at Fourth Street United Methodist Church where he was choir director for over 20 years. He belonged to Aurora Masonic Lodge #254 (over 50 years), Aurora Commandery #22 Knights Templar (Past Eminent Commander), Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (Past President), and the former Golden ‘K’ Kiwanis (Past President). In his varied leadership roles, he always found ways to make meetings and events more interesting. He was a ham radio operator and member of the Fox Valley Radio League. He volunteered with the Kane County Civil Defense. This pastime was an extension of his familiarity with electronics in the Air Corps and is another example of his desire to connect with people. He is survived by his wife Faith, a son Bradley L. Jones, Jupiter, FL, daughter Laurel A. Jones (Jeff Beaumont), Kansas City, MO, son Alan K. Jones (Lyndell Fong-Jones), Aurora, granddaughters Miranda Jones and Ava Jones, Aurora, sister Ann Nell Baughman, Kansas City, KS, and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law George Baughman. His family is appreciative of the wonderful care he received from his caregivers. Family will be receiving guests, Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 South Broadway, Montgomery. Funeral services, Thursday, 10:00 am at the funeral home. Burial at East Pierce Cemetery, Owens & Pritchard Roads, Maple Park. Memorials can be sent to support West Aurora High School Band Boosters, West Aurora High School, 1201 W. New York Street, Aurora, IL 60506.





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