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Virgil "Pete" JonesMr. Virgil C. âPeteâ Jones, 84, of Lynn, passed away at Reid Health on Friday, November 18.
He was born in Lynn, Indiana on June 14, 1932 to Virgil F. and Virginia Ruth Wright Jones, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a 1950 graduate of Lynn High School. He attended Earlham College for two years before transferring to Ball State University, where he earned his Bachelorâs Degree. He entered the US Army and served 18 months in Berlin, Germany, where his duties included teaching English to military personnel. After military service, he returned to Ball State to earn his Masterâs Degree and completed 15 hours toward a doctorate.
Mr. Jones taught for 10 years at Westview Elementary School in Richmond. He was appointed mid-term as principal of Joseph Moore Elementary School, becoming the youngest principal in Richmond Schools. His administrative career went another 26 years at Westview, Joseph Moore, Parkview Elementary School and Vaile Elementary School before his retirement in June 1989. Mr. Jones was a past president of the local principals association, past president of the Indiana Principals Association and member of the Indiana State Teachers Association.
Mr. Jones attended the New Liberty Christian Church in Lynn. He enjoyed IU and Pacers basketball, Colts football and playing golf. He enjoyed watching World War Two movies, mystery movies of all kinds and was a very avid reader. He was proud of the stories he had written and published in Farm World. He also enjoyed working with raw clay to create ceramic pieces with his potterâs wheel and kiln.
Mr. Jones will be missed by his wife of 60 years, the former Martha Murray, who he married August 18, 1956; sons, Mike Jones and his wife, Judy; Joe Jones and his wife, Arlana; three grandchildren, Amanda, Andrew, & Christopher Jones; sister, Nancy J. Loveall; two nieces and one nephew.
Pastor Dale Bales will celebrate Mr. Jonesâ life at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22 at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. An honor guard will deliver military rites immediately following the service. Interment at a later date will follow in Quaker Lynn Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Family and friends may gather from 11:00 a.m. â 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the New Liberty Christian Church, 605 West 700 South, Lynn, IN 47355.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithmcquistonwebster.com .
So sorry to hear of Pete's passing! I taught at Joseph Moore while he was Principal there.
We had a lot of good times as a faculty and enjoyed a special relationship as a group!
Prayers for Martha and family!
sheila fernandez-cuervo Nov 23 2016 12:00 AM
We express our condolences to Martha and her family at this time of sadness.
Pete was a good friend in high school and beyond and he will be missed.
Bill & Laura Cox Nov 23 2016 12:00 AM
Mr. Jones was my 6th grade teacher at Westview in 1962. He was a great teacher with a big impact on me. He got me interested in building radios and encouraged me to think independently. No one has mentioned this, but he was a amateur radio enthusiast, and planted the bug in me! What a great guy! Rest in peace, Mr. Jones.
John Henry Nov 23 2016 12:00 AM
We express our sincere sadness for you, martha and the family, at this difficult
time. Pete was a good friend and team mate during our high school years and
beyond and we will miss him.
Bill & Laura Cox Nov 22 2016 12:00 AM
Mr. Jones was my grade school teacher at Westview. When I think back on those years he always comes to mind. That picture looks just like I remember him. So sorry to hear of his passing. RIP Mr. Jones.
Jane Beitt Nov 21 2016 12:00 AM
Mr. Jones was my 5th and 6th grade teacher at Westview and I still consider him THE best teacher I ever had even through college. I am so sorry that I didn't let him know how much I appreciated those two years in his class and how much help in math and history he gave me. My condolences to the family. I know he will be missed.
judith Beeson Nov 20 2016 12:00 AM
My name is Tim Williamson. I worked with Pete at Joseph Moore elementary school in Richmond during the early and mid-70s before I moved to California. I am now a professor at California State University, Long Beach in Science Education. Pete helped me get a great start towards an excellent, rewarding career in science education/teaching. Thank you my friend!
My condolences to Martha and the boys. I have many wonderful memories of all of the great times that Pete, my fellow teachers and I had throughout my time teaching at Joseph Moore. Especially our Friday afternoon golf games!
RIP my friend.
Tim Williamson Nov 20 2016 12:00 AM