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BELLEVUE ~ Lee Roy Jones, 83, of Bellevue, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Saturday, December 15, 2018 at UnityPoint Health in Peoria peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

Born October 19, 1935 in Kentucky, he married Mary K. Noel on April 28, 1972 in Peoria.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers, Art and Troy; a sister, Faye and one granddaughter and grandson.

Surviving are his dedicated, caring and loving brother, Lowell; three sisters, Alene, Jeanie and Lorene; several nieces and nephews; sons, Mike A. (Sue), Gary R., Ron W. and Greg L. (Laurie) Noel; one granddaughter and four grandsons.

He retired as a Boilermaker from Local #60.

He loved the outdoors, fishing, having fish fry’s, boating, dining out and gardening because he had a “green thumb.” He also loved sharing his bounty from gardening with family and friends.  He enjoyed camping, mowing the lawn, riding the golf cart, riding in his pick-up trucks and tinkering around his home.  He was passionate about basketball!

He was a quiet, caring and sharing man.  He was a great boss to work for and with.  He will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him.  He was of the Protestant faith.

No services or visitation are planned.  A private celebration of life for dad and mom will be hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Mike Noel at a later date.  Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family or to a charity of the donor’s choice.