Larry D. Jones, 68, formerly of McDonough County and Fulton County, Illinois, passed away at 8:10am, Monday, December 12, 2022 at Hospice of Marion County, Cates House, Ocala, Florida losing his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Larry was diagnosed with ALS on December 7, 2021 at the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, University of Florida Health, Gainesville, FL.
Larry was born March 27, 1954, in Canton, Illinois, to Beryl F. Jones, Sr. and Betty Lou (McCleery) Jones. They preceded him in death. Also, preceding him in death was an infant brother, Randy Dean Jones.
Larry was united in marriage to Jayne Ann Thurman in Bushnell, Illinois, on June 21, 1974, She survives.
Also surviving are two children, Sarah (Hector) Gonzalez of Chicago, Illinois and Nicholas (Jennifer) Jones of Libertyville, Illinois; three brothers, Beryl (Teresa) Jones of Chatham, Illinois, Brian (Carol) Jones of Avon, Illinois, Gregory (Charlotte) Jones of Bushnell, Illinois; two sisters, Cheryl (Delbert, deceased) McGee of Canton, Illinois, and Brenda (Raymond) Widger of Canton, Illinois. He also has two grandchildren; Sophia and Bryson Jones.
Larry graduated from Bushnell-Prairie City High School, Bushnell, Illinois in June of 1972.
Early in his working career, Larry was employed at International Harvester Company, Canton, Illinois and Caterpillar Tractor Company, East Peoria, Illinois and Mapleton, Illinois. In September 1982, Larry obtained his Illinois Insurance Producers license and started selling insurance for Country Companies at their Lewistown, Illinois office. He purchased an Independent Insurance agency in Cuba, Illinois in March of 1984 and added real estate sales in 1990. He worked 26 years in insurance and real estate. He last worked for Grand Prairie Assisted Living in Macomb, Illinois as a grounds and building supervisor.
Larry and his family raised purebred swine and had a u-pick strawberry patch on their farm south of Cuba, Illinois.
In August of 2017, Larry and Jayne purchased a residence in the On Top of the World retirement community in Ocala, Florida and were “snowbirds” for two years. In July of 2019, they permanently relocated to Ocala, Florida.
Larry enjoyed woodworking – building homes, remodeling homes, and cabinet making. While living in On Top of the World, Larry made many close relationships with other residents in the community. He was a member of the OTOW Woodshop Club and the Arbor Water Volleyball Club.
In his true, caring and giving spirit, Larry has donated his brain tissue and spinal tissue to the University of Florida, Center for NeuroGenetics, Gainesville, Florida for research studies that will hopefully soon find a cure for ALS.
Per Larry’s wishes, cremation has been accorded and no formal services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion County, PO Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478-4860.
Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society – Timber Ridge, Ocala, Florida is honored to assist with final arrangements.