Celebrating the life of Charles "Spike" E. Jones
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He was born October 21, 1928, to Homer and Minnie Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and eight sisters.
Chuck married Norma Theobald on November 18, 1956 in East Peoria, Illinois. He and Norma were married for 64 years and were the proud parents of three daughters, Kathy (Brad) Dressel, Karen (Don) O’Brien and Kelli (KC) Coleman-Jones. He had several grandchildren, Joshua Dressel, Dylan Dressel, and Megan Edwards; Jeni Simkins and Jeremy O’Brien; Weston Holt and Great-Grandchildren; Brea Simkins, Kealy Simkins and Wayne O’Brien. Survived by his sister, Angie (Alfred) Firmand.
Chuck grew up in Peoria Heights where he attended Kelly Avenue School and Woodruff High School, graduating in 1947. He enlisted in the Army in 1947 and served in the Korean War. He worked for the Peoria Journal Star before going to work at Multi-Ad where he spent 25 years before his retirement. During the years he often worked multiple jobs including as an ironworker, a millwright and a volunteer firefighter in Richwoods Township.
Pops was a loving man, passionate about family and living life to its fullest, and was quick to make friends with anyone he crossed paths with. Mr. Chuck, as the neighborhood kids called him, spent years at his home on the east bluff repairing bicycles, patching tires or just putting air in the bike tires for all the kids. He was active at the American Legion Post 2 as a member of the Honor Guard and other activities.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a future date at the American Legion Post 2 when hugs can be shared.
Memorials may be made to the MS Society or American Legion Post 2.
The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at csmico.com
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