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Michael T. Jones

 

Michael Todd Jones, age 51, of Gregory, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 8, 2019 at his home. He leaves behind his loving wife Christene (Schlupe) Jones and sons Wesley Robert and Ethan Michael. Mike was born in Southfield, Michigan on September 5, 1967 to parents Merton (Bud) and Judith (Lange) Jones, both of whom survive. On September 30, 1995 he married the love of his life, and Mike and Chris set up their home in Gregory. Mike is also survived by his in-laws Skip and Sally Schlupe, his brother Wesley (Lori) Jones, and sister-in-law Becky (Jeff) McEldery; nieces and nephews Olivia and Anna McEldery, and Blake, Taylor, Sydney, Peyton and Griffin Jones; as well as several aunts and uncles and many special friends.

You’d think a man with the name of Mike Jones would be ordinary. Our Mike Jones was anything but ordinary. He was a husband and father who was madly in love with his wife and boys. Mike held a Master of Fine Arts from Michigan State University (1993), and proudly wore his green and white. He was an incredibly talented, self-employed figurative sculptor. When Wes was born, Mike chose to be a stay-at-home dad and taught himself to cook, providing fantastic meals for his family. He was always around for his boys, filling their days with adventure, fun and laughter, including laughing contests when they were young. Mike was very proud of his boys and was involved in everything they did. He was an assistant den leader for Cub Scouts, a soccer coach, and volunteered many hours to support the Town Hall Players. He loved watching his boys play soccer, welcomed all of their friends to the Jones household, and truly enjoyed interacting with all of the kids. He built a studio and a garage, and put an addition on the house to make space for his growing family, and completed most of the work himself, with the help of friends and family.

Mike loved traveling, reading, playing guitar, listening to music, socializing, and hiking. He had a wealth of knowledge about art, music, American history, politics, the space program, movies, The Lord of the Rings books, and countless other topics. He was a walking encyclopedia, and everyone wanted to be on his team for a game of Trivial Pursuit. Mike was always ready with quotes from movies and song lyrics. Mike was a musician who loved sharing music with others; he particularly enjoyed The Beatles and Bob Seger. He loved playing guitar and pulling people in for some strumming on the porch. He passed his love of music, art, cooking, and nature to his boys, as well as his quick sense of humor, kindness and charm.

Mike loved people and saw the best in everyone. Mike was unbelievably generous. He spent as much time as possible with his family and friends, and had a way of making everyone feel like they were his best friend. He cared deeply for his friends and was quick to call them for a chat, and loved to tease people. He always had time for everyone – family, friends, neighbors, and people he didn’t yet know. He was very giving of himself and his time, taking care of those around him. Mike found amusement in nearly every situation. He was quick with a joke (usually good ones, often including characteristically colorful language) and a teller of tales. He was creative with elaborations and often said his job was to entertain his wife. “Fun is the best thing you can have.”

We love you and will miss you terribly, Michael. We were all so lucky to have had you in our lives.

An open house celebrating Mike’s life will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home in Chelsea. Contributions may be made to a fund for Wesley and Ethan.

 

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0 #11 Fred & Ruth Thomas 2019-04-19 18:56
Our thoughts, condolences and prayers go out to Christene, Wes and Ethan, Bud and Judy and the rest of the family. Although we did not know Michael well we were excited years ago when he showed us his sculpture work when we visited him after his grandma Jone's memorial service. God bless you all!
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0 #10 Jill Marshall Cross 2019-04-17 14:18
The Marshall family is just crushed by the news of Mike’s sudden passing. Mike was 1of a kind with his gift of gab, knowledge & sense of humor. We couldn’t have asked for a better neighbor to the folks who loved him like a son. We love him & the whole family & he leaves a huge hole in our lives. Our thoughts & prayers are with you daily
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0 #9 Kathy Powers 2019-04-15 12:46
Chris and family - We are so very sorry for the sudden loss of Mike. May friends and family surround you with love in the difficult times ahead. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. -- Kathy and Rod Powers
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0 #8 Julie Koch Stotler 2019-04-12 18:14
Chris, My heart aches for you and your family. May you find peace feeling his presence with you always. Julie Koch
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0 #7 MaryBeth Jackson 2019-04-12 13:17
We are so sorry for the sadness and heartache that you have. We did not know Mike, but he had to have been a wonderful man, based on the comments and the paragraphs written about his life. We are praying to the Lord for His mighty peace and comfort for now and the days ahead.
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0 #6 MaryBeth Jackson 2019-04-12 13:14
This is very heavy. Mike had to have been a wonderful man to know, based on comments shared and the paragraphs about his life. So sorry for the heartache and the sorrow that you have. We are praying for the Lords comfort and presence now and the days ahead.
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0 #5 Sherry L Roberts 2019-04-12 00:28
Chris
I’m so sorry for your loss. Mike was a good guy and I am glad to have known him. You and your family are on my thoughts and prayers.
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0 #4 Sherry L Roberts 2019-04-12 00:24
Chris
I’m so sorry for your loss. Mike was a great guy and I feel lucky to have known him. My heart breaks for you and you and your family will be in my prayers..
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0 #3 Cindy DuFresne 2019-04-11 22:31
The world has lost a light. Wes, Ethan, Chris, Bud and Judy, you have lost much more; I can't even imagine. I'm so sorry I will not be able to be there on April 20, but I will be holding you dear in my heart and praying for yours to begin healing.
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+1 #2 Debi Grybas 2019-04-11 15:53
This is a very sad time for so many.
I really enjoyed chatting with Mike at the wellness center.
He will be missed so very much!
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