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MARION — Michael James Jones, 71, passed away at 3:56 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Michael was born Nov. 7, 1946, in King City, California, the son of James David and Mabel Margaret (Robinson) Jones.

Michael married the love of his life, Sandra K. Drake, on Sept. 7, 1973, in De Soto. Together they were married 44 years, until her passing Jan. 25, 2018. Their lives were enjoyed in Miami, Florida and Albuquerque, New Mexico until retiring to Southern Illinois to be closer to family.

Mr. Jones was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Marion.

He was a proud U.S. Air Force veteran, having served in Vietnam.

Michael was also a member of the Sandoval Masonic Lodge No. 76 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He retired from Federal Air Traffic Control System where he had worked as an airway transportation system specialist.

Surviviors include brother, Randall P. Jones (Allison); brother-in-law, Mark Drake (Judith); sister-in-law, Rhonda L. Vickers (Dal); nieces and nephews, Kimberly Boaz (Wayne), Jamie Drake, Sara Droke (Geoff), Jeff Drake, Kevin Drake (Lynette), Eric Drake (Leslie), Jason Vickers, Angela K. Joseph, Brent David Jones, Ryan Paul Jones, Mariah Jones, Abbie Jones, Kimberleigh Duffey, and Jessica Duffey; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and special cousin and close friend, Joe David Upchurch.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, with the Rev. John Hackmann officiating. Following services, military honors will be provided by Marion’s VFW, American Legion Posts, and the U.S. Air Force ritual teams. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday, Aug. 18, at the funeral home. Mr. Jones will be interred alongside his wife at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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