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Herman C. Jones Jr.
August 26, 1944 - May 31, 2017

Herman "Bud" Jones, age 72, passed away on May 31, 2017 peacefully at home, having enjoyed 210 days knowing the Chicago Cubs were the World Series champs.

Herman is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marlys Jones; sons Eric (wife Pilar), Buddy, Jeff and Cory; daughter Lisa; three grandchildren Colton, Michael and Maurisa; and a younger brother Bobby Jones of Martin, TN.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida to Herman Sr. and Elizabeth Jones, Herman spent his early years in Martin, TN but was raised in and by the city he loved, Chicago. This is where Herman began his career and built his family in the Western suburbs, until years later retiring in Kennesaw, GA.

Throughout his life he was well-respected and successful in his career, ending up running his own consulting company and being sought after by many major players in the food and beverage producing industry. But, more important than his successes at work were his constant love, devotion, and protection of those he knew and cared for.

As a youth, Herman found his place in the boxing gyms and rings of Chicago and continued to box throughout the 1960s when he joined the US Navy during the Vietnam War at the age of 17. When he wasn't working or boxing in Navy Golden Glove matches, he was doing his part to put a man on the moon. A Petty Officer in the Navy, Herman served on the aircraft carrier USS WASP CVS-18, a ship famous for its role as the recovery ship for five of NASA's manned space flights: Gemini IV, Gemini VI, Gemini VII, Gemini IX and Gemini XII in 1965 and 1966.

A few years after leaving the Navy, Herman settled in Broadview, Illinois where he raised his family and taught legions of kids to play baseball. He managed to juggle raising a family, being successful at work, and the responsibilities of a Little League coach for over 12 years and, eventually, as the President of Broadview Youth Baseball. He loved baseball and he loved every kid he ever coached. Even most of the parents.

Herman spent many years of his life serving multiple community organizations, including being the first President of the Broadview Jaycees. In addition to his generous service, he had a penchant and talent in creating various artwork and many writings.

Herman and his family moved to Marietta, Georgia in 1986 and eventually settled in Kennesaw. He was a good man who loved his wife, his kids, the grandkids and his many dogs over the years.

The family will receive visitors on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 1 pm - 5pm at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home in Kennesaw. A service will be held from 2 - 2:45 pm with a reception to follow at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.