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Merlin Jones

September 20, 1926 — April 26, 2020

Merlin Jones

Normal - Merlin L. Jones, 93, of Normal, passed away at 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at his son's residence in Bloomington.

Merlin was born on September 20, 1926 in Hancock County, Illinois, a son to Jesse and Maxine (Flack) Jones. He married Elaine E. Wollbrink on September 6, 1947.

Surviving are his wife, Elaine Jones of Normal; son, Dana Jones of Bloomington; daughters, Terri (Tony) DeMayo of Glen Ellyn, Brenda Jones of Bloomington, and Monica (Tom) Sorrells of Petersburg; brother, Ronald Jones of Lima; grandchildren, Brice DeMayo, Danelle D'Alexander, Leslee Schilb, Andrea Ramm, Joshua Sorrells, Abby Simmons, and Jacob Jones; and eleven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Betty Jones and Donna Hendrickson, brothers, Dean Jones and Jackie Jones, and two grandchildren.

Merlin was a graduate of Quincy College and received his Master's degree from the University of Illinois. He worked as a teacher and coach at Unity High School in Mendon for twelve years, and later for Niantic-Harristown High School in Niantic for three years. He served as principal at Brown County High School in Mt. Sterling for thirteen years and four years as superintendent for the schools in Bethany.

Later, he worked for nine years at the Office of Admissions and Records at the University of Illinois. He also worked as a lobby attendant at McDonald's for twenty years at their College Avenue location in Normal.

Merlin proudly served his country in the United States Army during the conclusion of WWII staying a year in Japan in the army of occupation. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Normal and participated in seven mission trips. Merlin was also a longtime volunteer for the local Habitat For Humanity.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be left to Habitat For Humanity of McLean County. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.

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