Lawrence "Larry" O. Jones

Born: Sun., Jun. 12, 1955
Died: Thu., Mar. 14, 2019


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Lawrence “Larry” O. Jones, age 63, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at his residence.  He was born on June 12, 1955 in Carlinville, IL to Jim and Barbara Hageman Jones.

Larry graduated from Pittsfield High School and went on to attend Western Kentucky University where he studied Literature and Special Education.  He obtained his Master’s Degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude and taught Special Education for several years.  He then went to work for the United States Postal Service in Springfield, IL, from where he retired.  Larry was a very intelligent and artistic man.  He loved music and playing the piano.  He also enjoyed writing and was a published author for his book “51 Years Living with Bipolar Disorder.”  Larry liked playing hacky sack and riding his bike.  He also enjoyed hiking, nature, and writing postcards from around the world.  Larry dearly loved his family most of all.

He is survived by his parents, Jim and Barbara Jones; a brother, Marty Jones of Pittsfield, IL; three sisters, Jamae Jones of Pittsfield, IL, Terry (Dennis) Jennings of Pittsfield, IL; and Pat Barber of Springfield, IL; and his nieces and nephews, Diana Renkin, Jeremy Richards, Joe Jennings, Becky Campbell, Chad Jennings, Jesse Costello, Kelsey Galayda, Dezmand Jones, Jay Jones, Casey Jones, Molly Jones, and Nick Jones.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

No services will be held at this time.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

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Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Fri March 15, 2019
Terry and family,
Please know you and yours are in my thoughts and prayer with the loss of your Brother. I hope the love of God, Family, and friends will help you at this sad time.
Sincere Sympathy, Bonnie

Missy McPhail
   Posted Fri March 15, 2019
To Barb and family, my deepest condolences in the loss of Larry. He was such a kind, smart, intellectual, and talented man. I know he is at peace now. He will be missed.

Rusty I. Downs
   Posted Fri March 15, 2019
Barb and Family, I am so very, very sorry to read of Larry's passing! I received a "nudge in the middle of last night" I then searched for Larry's name and found that he passed away yesterday!

I lost track of Larry after moving to Pennsylvania in the mid-90s. He and I were good friends and I loved taking those long bike rides with him to every corner of Springfield, IL.

I remember so fondly when Larry and you folks took me in and allowed me to live with you on Woodland Ave. That was a very special time and I always felt a part of your family!

I have so many wonderful memories of Larry! I especially loved when he built that leaded-glass window in the kitchen with a clear piece of glass at the lower left bottom corner to watch the birds feed! That window was a labor of love! Larry was so talented and loved music! He loved that grand piano that he had rebuilt! He will always be remembered with Joy! I consider myself "Blessed" to have known him and to have been his friend!

He will be missed! I will be lifting his family up in my daily prayers! May you be "Blessed" with Love, Friends and Family during this difficult time. And May God wrap His Loving Arms around EACH OF YOU!

I am so grateful that I listened to that nudge last evening!

God's Peace and Love

Becky Ghrist
   Posted Sat March 16, 2019
I am so sad and sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Larry. With alphabetically assigned seating, he was often behind me in class. He was either kicking my shoe, which was dangling from my foot, a crossed the room; or leaning up with a clever snide/hilarious remark. The latter got us into A LOT of trouble in catechism! He wrote me the kindest letter after Ron died, followed by a few more over the years. He was good and kind.

Mark Clark
   Posted Sun March 17, 2019
I know that Larry's family was very proud of him. I remember visiting his grandmother who let me read his college sociology paper on what was to become known as fat shaming decades later. Our correspondence was infrequent, but from it I learned that we shared a love for literature, research, and matching wits. Larry probably preferred Emily Dickinson, but I think these lines from Edna St Vincent Millay better express how a lot of us feel.

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love –
They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. Buy I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world,

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