Melvin L. ‘Huck’ Jones
GRAND DETOUR – Melvin L. “Huck” Jones, age 84, died Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at the Serenity Hospice and Home near Oregon. He was born July 2, 1938 in Dixon, IL the son of Arthur and Luella (Fiscel) Jones. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1956. Huck married Helen Burnett on Feb. 7, 1958 in Ripley, IL. She preceded him in death on June 11, 2017. Huck was a member of Local 150 Operating Engineers for 55 years and worked for Frank N. Butler Quarry in Franklin Grove and also previously worked for Ogle County Farm Services. He was a reserve deputy for the Ogle County Sheriff’s Dept for 22 years. After his retirement, Huck enjoyed helping out several local farmers. Huck loved being a husband, father, and especially a grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his sister Barbara Brooks and her family. Driving to town for a good meal and touring the local countryside checking on the farmers and construction projects was a daily ritual for Huck. He is survived by his 3 children: Marianne Jones of Dixon; Joyce (Jimbo) Callaway of Oregon; and Jim (Krista) Jones of Dixon; 4 grandchildren: Timothy (Mandi) Callaway; Eric Callaway; Paige (Josh) Beckingham; and Lee (Kara) Jones; 8 great grandchildren: Kaedi, Kaylen, Landin, Nevaeh, Coltyn, Parker, Luci, and Skylar; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 59 years Helen, his granddaughter Sarah Callaway, and his brother-in-law Jerry Brooks. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Monday, May 22, 2023 at the Oregon Church of God, 860 West Oregon Trial Road, Oregon, IL 61061. Funeral service will be held 10:30 AM on Tuesday with the Rev. Michael Hoffman pastor of the church officiating. Huck was a blue jean and causal shirt kind of guy, so to honor him feel free to wear your blue jeans. Burial will be in the Grand Detour Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oregon Church of God or the Serenity Hospice and Home in memory of Huck. Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to leave a condolence or memory of Huck.