Lawrence L. “Larry” Jones, 94, of Decatur passed away Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur. He was born December 8, 1926, in Parker to Oscar Leroy and Sara R. (Jack) Jones. He was married to Betty Louise Doherty, and she preceded him in death in 1974. He was married December 18, 1976, in Decatur to Geraldine “Gerri” (Ray) Bixler.
He served his country as a light truck driver in the United States Army during World War II. He was deployed to the Pacific Theater, where he was honorably discharged following his tour of duty with a rank of Private First Class.
He was a member of the Pleasant Mills United Methodist Church. He was also a former 25 year member of the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department. He was employed for 27 years at the Automatic Sprinkler in Monroe. In his retirement, he enjoyed the time spent driving for Shifferly’s in Decatur.
He had a knack for electronics. For many years, he would repair radios and automobile electronics. He was a travel enthusiast. Gerri accompanied him on many trips across the United States and visited many landmarks in the country. His hobby of driving was also fulfilled by the time spent with Shifferly’s. He was also an avid sports fan, paying particular attention to Indiana sports and the Indianapolis Colts. Following his retirement, they moved their residence to North Carolina, where they greatly enjoyed the atmosphere, outdoor experiences and natural beauty of the mountains. After being chased out of North Carolina in 1990s by snow, they decided to return to Decatur.
He is survived by his wife of Decatur; two sons, Gary W. (Susan) Jones; and Steve (Nancy) Jones, both of Geneva; daughter, Jana (Bob) Shaffer of Geneva; step-daughter, Donna (Bob) Shraluka of Decatur; step-son, Gregg L. (Teresa) Bixler of Adairville, Kentucky; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charles Eugene Jones; and Carl E. Jones; and two sisters, Mary Towell; and Wilma Lash.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 28 from 12-3 p.m. and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service Monday, November 29 at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. Officiating will be Pastor Karen Garner and Pastor Harold Klinker. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Geneva.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Mills United Methodist Church or High Street United Methodist Church in Geneva.
Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.