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Charles Anthony "Tony" Jones

Died: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 28, 2018
Location: American Legion Post 210

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Dec. 29, 2018
Location: American Legion Post 210

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The world has lost the ultimate Public Servant.  Charles Anthony “Tony” Jones passed away December 21, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona, his winter home.

Tony was born August 24, 1943 in Danville, Illinois, the son of Jerome and Phoebe (Shull) Jones.  He spent his early years on the family farm in Perrysville IN before relocating to Danville IL, where he graduated from Danville High School in 1961. 

Tony married Janet (Kay) Marion in 1969.  Together they had two children, Jeremy Jones (deceased) and Angela Jones of Wesley Chapel, FL.  He later married Linda (Moreland) Jones.  With that union he gained a daughter, Toni (True) Grimm and her husband Bill, grandchildren Ben and Lauren, all of Phoenix AZ.  He is also survived by two brothers, Jerry (Shull) Jones of Prescott, AZ, and Jim Jones of Danville, IL, as well as many nieces, nephews, and their families.

He was preceded in death by his son Jeremy, his parents, sister-in-law Judy Jones, and a special cousin, Murray Jones.

Tony served his community his entire life, first as a Danville Firefighter and then as a 27 year veteran of the Danville Police Department, where he received many awards and accommodations for his service.  He served as an EMT, Volunteer Firefighter with Bismarck Fire Department for 20 years and Vermilion County Deputy Coroner for 20+ years.  Upon retiring, he served as Police Chief for Henning and Alvin.  He also owned his own livery service for over 40 years.  He served his country in the Illinois National Guard during the Vietnam war.

Tony was a member of the American Legion Post 210, Vermilion County Funeral Directors, PBPA, and was President of VIPS Kennel Club.

Tony never met a stranger, always had a smile on his face, loved to laugh, enjoyed a good meal and refreshing adult beverage with family and friends.  He opened his heart and home to anyone who needed advice, a laugh, time, a meal, or one of his many tools.  If he gave you a nickname, feel blessed because that was a sure sign that he loved you.  He gave freely of his time, his heart, and his resources whether you were his family, friend, neighbor, or a worthy cause.  The endless love and devotion he showed his family and friends will live on forever.  The courage, strength, and determination following his stroke blessed us with an additional 20 years of his love and zest for life.

Per his request, Tony did not want a funeral, he wanted a celebration.  Always the one to be in charge, he requested to hear laughter, not tears.

The celebration visitation will be on Friday, December 28 from 4-8 pm, at the American Legion Post 210, 201 Prospect Place, Danville.  His send off celebration will be on Saturday, December 29 at 1pm at the American Legion. 

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