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Larry K. Jones

July 11, 1952 – August 22, 2015

Larry K. Jones, 63, of Monroe, passed away Saturday August 22, 2015 unexpectedly in his home.

Larry was born July 11, 1952 in Detroit. He was the son of Leon A. and Ann (Kramer) Jones. He married Nancy Nugent June 13, 1982 at the Mary Martha Chapel at Greenfield Village.

He attended Henry Ford Community College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 1976 and a master of Arts in Reading from EMU in 1982.

Larry started teaching third grade in 1979 at Jefferson Schools continuing to teach there until his retirement in 2014.

He enjoyed cars and was a member of the Water Wonderland Thunderbird Club. He also enjoyed gardening and working in the yard.

His greatest passions in life were his family and his students.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Monroe; two sons, Christopher (Abby Anderson) Jones of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Bryan Jones of Monroe.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life of Larry has been scheduled for April 15, 2016, from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM at North Elementary School, 8281 North Dixie Highway in Newport, Michigan. A Memorial Service will take place at 5:30 PM during the Celebration.

Attendees are invited to prepare a memory/tribute on an 8.5” x 11′ sheet of paper to add to a memory book for the family. There will also be an opportunity to write one at the Celebration.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Larry Jones Scholarship for Jefferson Graduating Seniors. Checks should be made payable to Nancy Jones, Benefit Larry K. Jones. The account is at KeyBank, 1535 N. Telegraph Rd., Monroe, MI 48162.

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64 Responses to Larry K. Jones

  • Melanie and Colin Young says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of Mr. Jones’ passing. Colin was a third grade student of his a few years ago, and will always remember his enthusiasm for the Titanic and for teaching in general. Colin will always remember “that he was an awesome teacher”. We are praying for all of you.
    The Young Family

  • Lisa Byers and Sharon Gratz says:

    Dear Nancy, Our hearts are breaking for you and your family. We are so sorry to have learned of Larry’s passing. We have such fond memories. I, Lisa, had great fun at Hurd Road; the three of us and Jean Johnson gabbing all the time. We are sending you our strength, love, and prayers.

  • Allison Henning says:

    This news is shocking and terribly sad. Life has never been predictable to and I’m sure not to you. Larry and Nancy were some of the nicest, inspiring, loving, smartest, and faithful people I’ve ever met. Larry, you’ve left a legend with your students and your family. As grief is a painful process, I pray for peace for the family.

  • Lisa O'Connell says:

    Big hugs are sent to Nancy and your family. Fond memories were spent with your family. I pray for healing for all of you.

  • Coni (Bacarella/Zimmerman) Colpaert says:

    Dear Nancy, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss especially with all you are going through as well. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Kurt Oetjens says:

    Nancy, Christopher, and Bryan
    Through the years our relationship has grown from professional to personal. I always look forward to seeing your family and sharing stories of our children and their accomplishments. Larry was an inspiration to me on how to be the best person you can be, both as a professional and as a parent and friend. Him being missed is perhaps one of the greatest understatements of all time. I am a better person because I knew Larry.

  • Nicole Branham (and Lucas) says:

    Dear Nancy and family,
    I am terribly sorry to hear of Larry’s passing and my heart truly breaks for you all. I had you as a kindergarten teacher and Larry as a 3rd grade teacher. My son was blessed enough to have Larry as a 3rd grade teacher as well a few years ago (and still says that Mr. Jones is his favorite!) He inspired our love for reading and my son’s passion for the Titanic. It meant so much to me that after 20 years, he still remembered having me as a student. I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God grant you strength.

    • Nancy Jones says:

      Thank you Nicole. He loved having second generation students. We both were excited to see you when Lucas was in his class. Larry truly loved his students and it warms my heart to see such nice tributes.

  • Julia (Chytil) Hayes says:

    So sad to hear of this news. Mr. Jones was one of the GREATS at Jefferson. I had him for 3rd grade in 1984 early on probably in his career. I have such wonderful memories of his classroom and him just really caring for all of us. Having us put on a Thanksgiving feast where we made our own pilgrim hats is a memory that I have always remembered. 3rd grade sleep over in the gym and us making him into a mummy out of toilet paper. His drive to make better students out of us but most of all his drive to make us all better people. Even as I grew into an adult whenever I would see him or Nancy out around town he would always say hi and ask how my family and I were doing. Anyone who had Mr. Jones as a teacher was very lucky indeed he will be greatly missed.

    • Nancy Jones says:

      Thank you, Julia. We both loved being your teacher. He worked hard to make an impact and it is wonderful to read the memories and kind words from his students.

  • Wise Guy/Haircutters says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the entire family during this difficult time!! We will miss seeing him in the shop. May God bless you all and may you embrace his strength.

  • Cindy davidson (Denny) says:

    My prayers are with your family. My son Denny had Mr. Jones the year he retired and loved him. Denny said if he could be in Mr. Jones class again he would stay in 3rd grade forever. Rather he knew it or not he made an impact on the kids he taught. He will be missed.

    • Nancy Jones says:

      Thank you. I know Larry cared a lot about Denny and was was proud of the growth he made that year. Your kind words warm my heart.

  • Bobby and Patricia Carter says:

    I wish I had the right words to heal a aching heart but, I don’t. Trust in Gods words that you will be together again. I am so sorry. Hugs to you and the boys. My love also. You need me I’m here.

  • Kristi says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I loved Mr. Jones. I was in his 3rd grade class in 1979. He was a very caring wonderful teacher and person. He helped me transition into Hurd Road as I was coming from another school district. He always made me smile. I have thought of him and his influence on me often thru the years. He will be missed.

    • Nancy Jones says:

      Thank you. That was his first year at Hurd Rd. So nice to know you have remembered his influence after all these years.

  • Mikayla says:

    He was a good teacher ill miss him

  • Joyce Laming says:

    My heartfelt sympathy goes to you and your family, Nancy. My prayers and hugs to you.

  • Tina (Spadaro) Haddad says:

    My heart is breaking for the Jones family. I had Ms. Nugent in Kindergarten and Mr. Jones in 3rd grade. I remember how excited I was to know they were getting married. My 9 year old mind will never forget the excitement I felt. They were such a huge part of my Hurd Rd. memories. 30 years later I ran into both of them at Panera & 30 years later I didn’t even say my name and they remembered me. I was reminded at that point what great teachers they both were. I was honored to have Mr. Jones as my teacher and I will NEVER forget him. May God Bless your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Nancy Jones says:

      Thank you, Tina. Even though we aren’t supposed to have favorites, you were always one of our favorite students. We both loved you.

  • Garry and Terri Knapp and Family says:

    Dear Nancy, Christopher, and Bryan:
    We are so deeply saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. He was a model husband, dad, and educator. The kindness and generosity Larry showed to Erik through his friendship with Bryan was such a gift as the boys grew up together. We will forever be grateful for the influence Larry had on Erik. You have our deepest sympathy and will continue to be in our prayers. If there is anything we can do for you, please know that we are here. May God wrap you in His love in the days ahead as the angels welcome Larry into paradise.

    • Nancy Jones says:

      Thank you. We were so happy that Erik and Bryan developed such a friendship and were pleased to extend it family wide. The love and support of our friends, and all the prayers will sustain us.

  • Danielle (Wain) Venzke says:

    I’m so sad to hear the news of Mr. Jones passing. I will always remember him as a GREAT teacher & hold great memories of having him for 3rd grade at Hurd Rd. A few years ago I had the pleasure of seeing him & Nancy at the post office & we got to talk about our love for Disney World. :) Rest in Peace in Mr. Jones.

    • Nancy Jones says:

      Thank you Danielle. You were special to him. I am so grateful we got to take our trip to Disney World for Christmas 2013. It was the fulfillment of a long time dream.

  • Rachel Chytil says:

    Mrs.Jones and all family,
    Words can not express the sadness in knowing of Mr.Jones passing. I have and always will remember him as the greatest teacher I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and having the honor of being taught by. I have been asked many times throughout my teaching career as by did you become a teacher, who was your favorite teacher and why? Never has any of my answers ever faltured. I am a teacher because of my third grade teacher Mr.Jones. He makes me the teacher I am today with all the loving,yet sturn, memories and the was he always made sure we knew we were thought of and something special. I only hope I can be half the teacher he was to me to my students. He was truly one of the extraordinary teachers we all aspire to emulate. I will remember his infectious laugh, warm smile and loving demeanor fondly. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers and knowing heaven has one of its best with them now. All my love , Rachel Chytil, proud former student and fellow teacher

    • Nancy Jones says:

      Rachel, he would be so proud of you and to know the influence he had on your teaching career. We have several students who have told us we inspired them to be teachers. Cannot ask for a greater honor than that. Good luck to you as you continue to inspire your own students. Thank you for such kind and loving words. You made my heart smile while my eyes cried.

  • Avery Hall says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Jones was such a wonderful man, and it must be so hard for you in these times. My prayers go out to your family. My dad had Mrs. Jones when he was in kindergarten, and even he was going on earlier about how amazing and nice you two were. I’m currently in 11th grade now at Summerfield High School. I had Mr. Jones in 3rd grade at North Elementary, and I can’t even think of a time I’ve seen him since I moved from Jefferson in 4th grade. He’s the first teacher I ever really connected with. I give him credit for the girl I am now. Mr. Jones is everything I have looked for in a teacher. He was harder on me, but was still the nicest man ever. He started my love for reading. He started my love for history. As of now, I want to be a history teacher. We started freakishly learning everything about the Titanic and I became obsessed. I’m pretty sure it was that year that was my first field trip to Greenfield Village. Also, I was not a confident kid at all. I would always do my work and come up to him for almost every question I did and asked if I did it right. And I normally did do it right, but he pulled me off to the side and told me I was smart and I needed to be more confident in myself when it came to school. That’s the first teacher that made feel smart and made me believe in myself. School always came to me so easily since then. And he just made me want to work so hard. I specifically remember: “Almost isn’t good enough in third grade.”

    • Nancy Jones says:

      You have touched my heart with your words. I remember your dad, Billy, well, and I remember you being in Larry’s class. He would be honored to know he figured in on your desire to be a teacher. He would be proud of you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and memories.

  • Andrew Burnette and family says:

    Mr. Jones was a great funny passionate loving teacher who loved all his students and he also loved making us laugh but he loved the Titanic and cars but his passion for the Titanic also became my passion too. And we will always remember you as a great teacher and friend.:(

    • Nancy Jones says:

      Thank you. He loved teaching and his students, that is for sure. He would be honored to see your tribute and it warms my heart.

  • Tammy Pocs says:

    To the family of Larry Jones I remember waiting on him for his glasses and he was a real pleasure to work with always friendly and nice I’m so sorry for your loss he will be missed…

  • Abby Phelps and family says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Mr. Jones was a wonderful man. When we first started learning more and more about the Titanic I became more and more obsessed, Mr. Jones was the first teacher that ever really understood me. He will always be in our hearts, my parents loved him. Me being in 6th grade I went to the Henry Ford Museum for a field trip with Mrs. Thomas and Ms. Passon last year. Mr. Jones was retired at this time, but he came the same day we did and when I bumped into him and Mrs. Jones I was so happy to see them. Mr. Jones was the best, my prayers go out to you and your family.

    • Nancy Jones says:

      Abby, he loved you and your family and was excited to see you at The Henry Ford. Thank you for your kind words and prayers.

  • Nichole (Paul) Clark says:

    Mrs. Jones and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Jones’ passing. I had Mrs. Jones for kindergarten and Mr.Jones for reading in third grade. I remember how Mr. Jones love of reading was infectious and inspired me to always read (I still do…books, my Kindle, anything I can). God Bless all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    • Nancy Jones says:

      Oh Nickie (Can’t remember how you spelled your name), how nice to hear from you! I remember you from my first kindergarten class! He would be thrilled to know he instilled a love of reading in you. He was always reading himself and loved to teach reading and the joy of reading to his “kids.” Thank you!

  • Lacey Meade says:

    My deepest condolences to the jones family. I had Mr. Jones as a third grade teacher at north elementary he definitely left a life long impression on me. He will be deeply missed.

  • Jasmine Pilachowski says:

    This made me so sad reading all this:( I’ve see some off the people from my school comment on this and I wanted to comment just because he was the teacher I went to when we had read class and he was so funny and fun and loved his students with all his heart:) Even the he wasn’t the one who taught me math or science or any other subject I only had him for read and I loved it I looked forward to third hour every day:) and my brother Jacob had him and my loved everything he taught him:) Mr.Jones retired in 2014 when I was in 5th grade,I really wish I was there to say goodbye:(and when I saw this I cried a little cause he was just so awesome:) But anyway I will miss you Mr.Jones:(

    • Nancy Jones says:

      Oh, Jasmine, you touched my heart! He loved you, your brother and family, as do I. You are right, he loved his students with all his heart. Keep doing your best in school and make us proud. I am sure is is keeping tabs on his students as he watches from heaven.

  • Carlotta Salemi says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I taught with him for many years. Nancy credited my party in Rockwood many years ago, as the reason she and Larry got together. I remember them sitting on the stairs talking and looking happy. He will certainly be missed. My prayers are with Nancy and her sons at this very difficult time.

  • Staci Hoskins (Clark) says:

    I am So very sorry for your families loss. Mr. Jones was my 3rd grade teacher his first year of teaching. He has always stayed in my heart, such a Wonderful man . I still have the card he had my class do for me when I was in the hospital. May God be with you and your family during this awful time. We lost a GREAT man and Heavengained a Great Angel. God Bless you

  • Ken and Glenda Van Doeselaar says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss, Ken & I will continue to keep you in our prayers.
    Again if there is anything we can do please let us know. God keep your arms around
    Nancy, Bryan& Chris as they go through this loss. Love and prayers .

  • nancy eighmey says:

    So sorry to find this out. He truly was a inspiration to his students. Sending Prayers and Blessings

  • Jeff yeary says:

    My heart is broke for this family Mr Jones was a phenomenal teacher this man made such an impact on my life even in the third grade he was the first teacher that gave me a paddle he also was the teacher that held me back to the third grade he took time out back in 1980 81 to teach me and put me in the right direction through the years I would see mr. Jones out and he still knew who I was you would see his wife had his to young boys and I can only imagine the heartbreak they have today just know that your father was the best teacher that hurd road ever had rest in peace Mr Jones

  • Jennie (Probst) Zoldan says:

    I am so completely and absolutely heartbroken for the Jones family right now. Mr. Jones was a true inspiration for me, and one of two or three academic professionals in my life who changed my life profoundly. I will never forget his sweetness, his joy, his kindness, his laugh, his intelligence, or how much he gave to and cared for his students. If Mr. Rogers were an elementary school teacher, he would have wanted to have been Mr. Larry Jones.

    Tonight, I’m going to look at the book I wrote and illustrated in 4th grade which I dedicated to Mr. Jones, and whose main character I named after him, and which won the highest young author award that year due to the inspiration and courage he gave me: “Larry the Mouse Detective.” I began writing largely due to his influences, which has shaped and improved my life in a myriad of ways.

    God bless you, Mr. Jones. May you rest in peace and in joy in the presence of the Lord forever. My love and prayers and thoughts are with you, Mrs. Jones, Christopher, Bryan, and all your family and former colleagues.

  • Bonni says:

    “I thought of you today, but that was nothing new. I thought of you yesterday and the days before that too. I think of you in silence and often speak your name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake, from which I’ll never part. God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart. ”

    Mr. Jones was was the ultimate example of the mean of the word “teacher.” His students were not just in his classroom. I never had a class with him, but he taught me more than anyone I’ve ever met. The Jones family saw my potential and encouraged me to shoot for my dreams. The Jones inspired me to believe in myself and never give up during the most difficult time of my life. For that each one of you has a special place in my heart. This is the hardest loss I have had to endure and can imagine struggle it brings everyone else.
    But in my heart I have hope, just as Mr. Jones always did. Hope for the best for his students as they learned and grew. It saddens me to think he won’t get to see the rest of the amazing things I do which he inspired until I remember even though he can’t be here physically he will never stop watching over us. I will continue to make you proud Mr. Jones. As I know your family will too.
    To Nancy and Bryan, I am always here for you. Just a call or msg away. It’s an easy flight whenever you need me. I know you’re going through enough right now, but stay strong and have hope. Mr. Jones only wants the best for you. Love you all so much! -Bonnibell (tinker bell’s long lost sister ;) )

  • Irene bond says:

    Dear Nancy, Christopher and Brian,
    Every time I see that a patient has passed away I feel a wave a sadness. I met soooo many people in the 18 years I was there but to see Larry’s smiling face on that page was a shock to say the least. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I informed Dr. Martin and I would like to relay his condolences. He is currently in China and cannot get email to work very well. The scholarship is a great idea and the students who receive it will be forever grateful. Larry will always be remembered.

  • Judy Valente says:

    Larry Jones was a truly unique and wonderful human being. He had a true love for his students and worked hard to help them learn. When I was transfered to North Elementary, he and Nancy made me feel at home to my new assignment in first grade. I will never forget the kindness that both of them showed me. I was very saddened to hear of his death. He touched so many lives in a positive way. He was an example of what a great educator should be.

  • Lee and Julie Hertzsch Family says: says:

    Nancy, Christopher and Bryan,
    We were all in shock when we got the news of Larry’s passing. Our hearts go out to all you. Nancy, you and Larry were the BEST TEACHERS our son and daughter could ever have. I remember walking into 3rd grade Open House and at each desk was a life size cut out and name of each student showing where they sat. This is just one example of many things both of you did with your students to make learning fun. Shawn had Miss Nugent for Kindergarten and Larry for 3rd grade at Hurd Road. Shawn always called Mr. Jones “Too tall Jones” because at that time he just seemed so much taller than him. Their friendship continued on and when he was old enough to drive he bought Mr. Jones red Mustang. He was so proud to have that car for many years! Leisha had Mr. Jones for 3rd grade also and he worked so patiently with her and her math! Through out all the years since those school days we would always keep up with what was going on with your boys and our children. Here recently Leisha had many visits with both of you at her work. They meant so much to her and always said you both would give her a hug. That meant so much to her. Nancy, we have held you up in pray with what you are going thru yourself and now we still hold you and the boys up in prayer, knowing that God is right there walking beside you. We will always remember Larry as a kind and loving person and an exceptional teacher.

  • Brenda Masserant says:

    My deepest sympathy to Nancy,Chris and Bryan. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you. My love and prayers to all.

  • Phil and Karen Anderson says:

    Dear Nancy, Bryan, Christopher, and Abby – Please know that your entire family has our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. I know that there is little we can say to console you but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this tragic time. May God’s love and comfort surround you like a blanket and provide the support that only He can provide.

  • Judy Solgot Thompson says:

    To Nancy and family,
    I just found out about Larry,s death. I am so sorry for you. I have so many memories of him. I attended school with Larry from Kindergarten through Henry Ford Community College. We were close friends. We even went to our Senior prom together. I have kept up with him through Christmas cards. I know he will be missed greatly. May you grow close to Christ and let him comfort you through these tough times.
    Mrs. Judy Solgot Thompson

  • Michelle & Raven Heflin says:

    We are still stunned by his passing. Our heart just breaks for you and your family. What an amazing man. The very best teacher, an icon for sure. He loved his students, and they knew it. We will miss him terribly.

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