James Jones, 55

James W. "Buddy" Jones, 55, of rural Wabash, passed away at 7:46 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family. 

James was born in Marion, Indiana on May 29, 1960, to Clarence Jones of Wabash, and  the late Ruby (Whisman) Jones.  

James married Ruth “Marie” Lilly on Dec. 16, 1978; they were married for nearly for 38 years. He attended the LaFontaine Christian Church. James was a self-employed truck driver who traveled all over the U.S.. He loved hunting with his sons, drinking tea at Joe’s with his father and brother, and watching his grandkids activities.

James is survived by his wife, Marie; four sons, Jaron (Erica) Jones, Jeremy (Stephanie) Jones, both of LaFontaine; Justin (Jessica) Jones, and Jathan (Jessica) Jones, both of Wabash; two brothers, JR (Kim) Jones of Wabash, and Clayton (Retha) Jones of Frankton; three sisters, Mrs. Randy (Debbie) Hofmann, of Perrysburg, Connie Carpenter of New York, and Mrs. George (Patty) Rutledge of Roanoke, Va.; aunts and uncles, James (Brenda) Jones of Ewing, Ky., Anna Dyer of Flemingsburg, Ky., and Betty Hill of Pennsylvania; along with many loving friends and family all acrossed the country. He was a loving Grandpa to Hayden, Kycen, Braelyn, Laney, Reilynn, Rosden, and Milo Jones, and Tanner Martin. He was also preceded his step mother, Marilyn.

Funeral service were on Monday May 16, 2016, at LaFontaine Christian Church, 202 S Bruner Pike, LaFontaine, with Pastor Brad Wright, Dr. Lloyd Lorenz, and Pastor Robert Carpenter officiating. Burial was in the Thrailkill Cemetery in Swayzee.

Visitation for family and friends was Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the LaFontaine Christian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were entrusted to McDonald Funeral Home LaFontaine Chapel, 104 S Main St LaFontaine.

Posted on 2016 May 17