William H. “Bill” Jones

June 17, 2017

William H. Jones (Papa, Bill, Jonesy) of Kokomo passed away peacefully at his home on June 17th at 3:10am with his loving sons by his side. He was born February 4th, 1938 to Kenneth and Nellie (King) Jones in Frankfort, IN. Bill’s greatest joy in life were his twin sons, Adam and Alex. From the day they were born ’till his final days on earth, just the mention of their names brought him smiles and comfort. There aren’t enough words to express what an amazing, loving and caring “Papa” he was.


In 1956, he enlisted with the US Marine Corps where he proudly served 2 years at the Marine Corps base 29 Palms California. Following an honorable discharge, he served 4 years with the 9th Marine Corps Reserve and recruitment district. He then went on to work a dedicated 42 years in the die cast plant at Chrysler.


Bill will be remembered by all who knew and loved him for his passion for music. He took great pride in his massive collection of LPs, 45s, and jukeboxes and will be remembered by all for his singing voice, storytelling and huge personality. His constant optimism and cheerful outlook inspired and touched all who had the good fortune of knowing him.  Bill spent the last nine years of his life with his fiancé Rosie Harmon by his side. Together they traveled the country, from Florida to the west coast and of course many trips to Wrigley Field to see his beloved Chicago Cubs. He waited all his life for a Cubs World Series championship and finally got it in 2016. About time!

Visitation and Services

At Bill’s request, there will be no visitation or services. He wants you to remember his handsome face just as it was. “I’ve lived a life that’s full, I’ve traveled each and every highway, But more, much more than this, I did it my way” - Frank Sinatra

Survived by:

He is survived by his sons, Adam Jones of Washington and Alex Jones of California, sister, Yvonne Unroe of Frankfort, IN, nieces and nephews Corby Unroe, Tony Reddington, Russell Jones, Lynn Coons, Michelle Craig and fiancé Rosetta Harmon of Frankfort and many great nieces and nephews.

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nellie Jones, father, Kenneth Jones, brother, Kenneth Jones Jr., and sister, Jan Reddington.


Leave your Condolences

19 Condolences for “William H. “Bill” Jones”

  1. Sue and Joe Root June 18, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Yvonne and Rosie, We are so sorry to hear of your loss .. I so enjoyed talking and laughing at his stories of our relatives. All that knowledge of them now gone. Love and prayers to both of you and the rest of your family.

    • Rosetta June 19, 2017 at 8:36 am

      I loved this amazing man, so brilliant so kind to everyone helped whoever needed it. And was so gifted in so many ways as some of you know. He was a very unique person and I was his constant companion for nine years. Love you now and love you always. Yes! You did it your way!

    • Rosetta June 20, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Thank you Sue and Joe

  2. Vicki Albaugh June 18, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    RIP Bill! Fly with the angels and sing!

  3. Sandy Glover June 18, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Yvonne, I will miss him singing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  4. Tony Reddington June 19, 2017 at 5:39 am

    There aren’t many people I know of who’ve attacked life like my Uncle Bill. He worked extremely hard and lived life to the fullest. He truly was an inspiration. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. The last few years we were able to spend a good deal of time together and I am very grateful for that. He was one of a kind and he most certainly “Did it His Way”! When you’re singing with the angels….don’t flap your wings to loud, and give them the mic once in awhile.
    Uncle Bill, I love You and I will miss you.

  5. Butch & Eileen Huffer June 19, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Another Woodchuck gone. I grew up with Bill in Woodside; attended high school with him. He was a good guy. Our prayers are with you.

  6. Diane Niemann June 19, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Rosetta I’m so sorry for your loss. He amazed me at all he could do and being blind. He was an awfully nice gut. Prayers. Yes you will see him again.

  7. Stevie Teter June 20, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Yvonne so sorry for your loss
    Thinking of you.

  8. Rosalind June 21, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Sorry to hear about your brother, thoughts and prayers to you. Chuck and Rosalind Martin Edens

  9. George (Bill) Graves June 22, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    I first knew Bill while attending Woodside grade school, and always enjoyed his great sense of humor. We were both members of FHS High School class of 1955. He joined the Marine Corps the same year I joined the Navy. We always seemed to run into each other when on leave, and share a beer or two. I enjoyed his nephew’s observation that Bill ‘attacked life’ and may I add-‘with gusto’. Bill always seemed larger than life and FHS 1955 seems much smaller now that he has moved on. My condolences to all, and please allow me to salute and honor him by saying Semper Fi.

  10. Larry McCoy June 23, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Bill was a wonderful, entertaining class mate, always doing something a little off center that was fun and unusual. It was always good to see him at the class of ’55 reunions.

  11. Frank Starr June 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Bill was a special classmate, and I was delighted to see him again at an FHS 1955 reunion a few years back. He had borne his years well and, as Sinatra sang, lived a life that’s full and did it his way. To his sons, his sister, and nieces and nephews, please accept my sympathy at your loss. We’ll miss him too.

  12. Deborrah (Horn) Burgess June 24, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Yvonne & Lynnie, I’m so very sorry for your loss! I don’t know if you remember me or not but I lived across the street from you. I just want to say, God Bless you & you will be in my prayers!

  13. Carroll Williams July 2, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Sorry for your loss, pray for your peace and comfort, God be with you.

  14. Rosetta September 10, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Remember me at the close of a long long day, it would be so sweet just to know you still remember me! I will always love you!

  15. Kevin Kay September 11, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Rosie, Our deepest condolences, Bill was amazing, with you both having a special voice and talent. It was to short for us in Florida with you both. Will miss him. If you need anything call. RIP Bill, God bless you.
    Keep singing + dancing with the stars.

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