Alan was born on December 13, 1941, in Shelbyville, Illinois, and raised in Tower Hill, IL. He died on July 8, 2017, in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Sally Shuster Jones, who adored him. He is also survived by his daughter, Brenda Ray, and her husband, David; another daughter, Peggy Glotzbach, and her husband, Gregg, with their two children, Josiah and Hannah; and his son, Michael Jones, and his wife, Kelly, and their two children, Keith and Raeanna. He is also survived by his only sister, Karen Hodges, and her husband, Larry, of Myrtle Beach, SC. He is preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Mylbra Jones.
He grew up on a farm in central Illinois, and was valedictorian of his high school class. He went on to college at Eastern Illinois University, majoring in Biology. Then, he went on to teach science in Springfield, Chicago, and California, and ultimately received his Masters degree in Zoology at the University of Omaha.
Illinois then summoned him to return to Springfield to work at the State Board of Education. There, he evaluated school systems throughout the State of Illinois. He retired in 1994 from his state position, but continued to teach at a local college for a few more years.
Alan was a true sportsman. He played golf, basketball, and was a world champion horse shoe player. Recently he was mastering the sport of croquet. Alan had many, many friends throughout the United States. He was kind, considerate, fun, and loved by all who met him. He will be sorely missed.
Memorial service with visitation immediately following will be held at Rochester United Methodist Church, 555 S Walnut St, Rochester, IL, 62563, from 11:00am - 3:00pm, on Saturday, September 16th. Please come join the family in celebrating his life.
Published on August 6, 2017