Cecil F. Jones, 97, of Elmhurst, formerly of Oak Park, died on July 19, 2018. Born on Sept. 5, 1920 in Kinmundy, Illinois, he was a WWII U.S. Army veteran who came to Chicago after his service. He loved family, gardening, woodworking, reading and traveling. A gentle giant of a man, he was gregarious and full of energy. 

Cecil Jones was the husband of Eunice P. (nee Myers); the father of Cynthia (Roger) Haglund, Bruce (Abby) Jones and Norma (Keith) Gavard; the grandfather of Laura Chovan, Michelle (James) Kulzer, Cody and Dugan Jones, and Amy (Brian) Aubry, Emily (Gary) Almeroth and Jeremy Gavard; the great-grandfather of Julian and Brooks Kulzer; the brother of the late Dortha, Harold (the late Doris), Julia (the late Al) Uhle, James (the late Nelda), Lora (the late Ray) Ingram, and Millie (the late Joe) Vallow; and the uncle and great-uncle of many. 

Visitation will be held on July 24 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home and on July 25, followed by a service at First Baptist Church of Oak Park, with private interment at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery. 

The family appreciates memorials to First Baptist Church of Oak Park. 

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