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Reuben Louis Jones

Reuben Louis Jones was born on Dec. 23, 1936, to the union of Ralph W. Jones and Bessie Love Jones in Rockford, Alabama. At an early age, Reuben accepted Christ at New Hope Baptist Church in Hissop, Alabama, where he and his siblings would “note sing”. Leaving Alabama, his father moved the family to Dunkirk, Indiana in 1955. Shortly after moving to Indiana, Reuben served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Germany and was honorably discharged in 1957. He played three years of semi-professional baseball for Watson’s Sporting Goods.

In Aug. of 1959, Reuben married Mary McCane. When he accepted a position with General Motors in 1963, Reuben moved his family from Muncie, to Marion, Indiana. A United Auto Workers Benefits Representative, he was well known and retired in 2006, after 43 dedicated years of service.

Reuben served on the Family Service Society and United Way of Grant County Board of Directors and was a 32nd degree Prince Hall Affiliate Mason. He received numerous awards and recognitions for his dedication and community service: Little League Manager of the Year, General Motors Award of Excellence, and UAW Recognition of Service to Local 977.

Many will remember him for his sense of humor. Reuben loved gardening, traveling, manicuring his lawn, baseball and college basketball. He was an engaged grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Reuben married Dorothy McCain in July 1995 and included her five children and their families as his own. Combining his love of travel and spending time with the “grands”, he granted his grandchildren a three-week road trip to the West Coast.

A beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend was called to rest on May 31, 2019. He leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Dorothy; four daughters: Debbie Goodwin (Nicholas) of Noblesville, Indiana; Donna Armstrong (James) of Muncie, Indiana; N. Ann Black (Kevin) of Marion, Indiana; Rachel Mireles (Rosendo) of Omaha, Nebraska; four bonus children: Ben Blythers of Muncie, Indiana; Evonne Blythers-Lapsey (Oscar), Terri Gordon, and David Blythers (Kim) all of Atlanta, Georgia; and one sister, Oma Ruth Scruggs (Thomas) of Dunkirk, Indiana. He also leaves to cherish his memory 19 grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his siblings: Calvin, William, John, Ollie, Mary, and bonus daughter Beth Blythers.