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William Kent "Coach" Jones

January 20, 1937 ~ November 2, 2015 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Message from Steve Krah
November 9, 2015 2:51 PM

Coach Jones was a kind man who was very sharing of his time with me over the years.
He was a lover of history and baseball. I truly enjoyed our talks.
Class act all the way.
Message from Jenny Leffler Shipe
November 7, 2015 5:02 AM

My condolences to the whole Jones family, Coach Jones was an important part of my family growing up. He was a wonderful man, teacher, excellent coach and all around human being. A person with all those qualities is so very rare. May you RIP Coach  God Bless
Message from Dan Kline
November 6, 2015 11:41 AM

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Great coach and better person. Good memories about him playing baseball for OC-L High School.
Message from Rhonda (Carper) Mansfield
November 6, 2015 11:23 AM

Dear Jones Family,

Mr. Jones was my favorite & most inspiring teacher in high school.  He made history interesting, interactive & fun.  It was not just names & dates, but people & events, cause & effect.  My love of history sparked in his class.  He challenged me to formulate opinions & defend them.  I often remember him playing 'devil's advocate'.  While frustrating at the time, I learned how to debate tactfully!  He definitely influenced my course in life.  I went on to earn a BA in history at Ball State.  I love making history come to life for others.  Showing them that there is so much more below the surface of facts.  

I have heard that teacher's often wonder if they made a difference in their students' lives.  He certainly did with me & I am sure many others for different reasons.  He will always be fondly remembered.  (I still have the Nerd Rock he gave them in my senior year.)  I am thankful that I was placed in his class & learned what I did from him.

Message from Jeff Doeden
November 5, 2015 4:41 PM

Class. Sportsmanship. Knowledge. Fundamentals. Intensity.  Those were the constants of every team that I remember with Coach Jones.  My brother Joe & I have a lot of memories from playing for Coach Jones on some summer teams, against his Dekalb teams in the Spring, and attending his baseball camps.  Brad, Kenny, Endsley, Sproat, Cochran, Ulm, Smitty...Coach Jones seemed to be able to mold any type of young man into a baseball player if he was willing to listen, trust the system, and put in the work.  His players looked the part, played smart, and never quit.  RIP Coach.  My condolences to the family and our Red Baron brothers.
Message from Bob, Cindy, and Randy Hippensteel
November 5, 2015 4:23 PM

We are saddened by the passing of Bill, but we will never forget him.  He taught our son Randy not only the fundamentals of pitching, but lessons of being a man.  I know he instilled it in all who learned from and played for him.  We were all truly blessed to have known him.  With all his accomplishments and awards he was always the same kind, humble man.  We know he is with the Lord and at rest.
Message from Amy McPhail
November 5, 2015 2:44 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I had only had Mr. Jones for current events in 1984. Time Magazine was our textbook and we discussed and debated current events. It was one of the best classes I had a Dekalb. I could get sensitive in class but he was always gentle and kind if I did. We were best buddies after that class and we would always laugh and joke together in front of his office at the end of the senior hallway. He and I got along great, and I credit him with influencing me to always stay involved in what is going on in the world, and to care about what my government is doing. This artsy gal even minored in Political Science in college. He will be missed, but I am so thankful he was my teacher.
Amy McPhail (MacDowall) Michigan
Message from JERRY LYNN ROTH
November 5, 2015 2:08 PM

Dear Mildred and family.  I'm so sorry you have to experience the loss of Kent. Mildred, you've always seemed like another sister to me and my heart is heavy for you.  Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and heart
With love,
Message from Tony Vittorio
November 5, 2015 12:51 PM

Coach Bill Jones was Mr. Indiana High School Baseball.  Thank you to the Jones Family for sharing him with all of us.
Message from Steve Strayer
November 5, 2015 11:14 AM

Bill was an inspiration to me in many ways. His character and leadership was impressive.  Whenever I step on the baseball field I will remember the sacrifices he made for Indiana High School Baseball.
Message from Todd Armstrong
November 5, 2015 10:23 AM

Outside of my parents, I cannot think of an individual who influenced me more than Bill Jones.  I had Bill as a teacher, as a coach, and later got to know him as a friend and mentor.  During our time together, Bill always impressed me with his devotion and attention to detail.  In addition he was a tremendous organizer and visionary with the ability to garner support for his programs.  Most importantly, however, Bill was a great human being.  He truly cared about people and brought out their best.  His legacy will live through the lives that he influenced and touched.  I am one of those people and words cannot summarize the debt that I owe to Bill Jones.
Message from Hicksville High School Class of 1969
November 5, 2015 7:28 AM

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Coach Jones.
Message from James Turnbull
November 5, 2015 7:06 AM

Mrs. Jones and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. I was blessed to have the opportunity to have him as a teacher and coach, he excelled at both.  I loved his passion for the game and sharing his knowledge carried forward in life in many aspects. God Bless.
Jim and Brenda Turnbull
Message from Tedra Hemingway
November 4, 2015 9:11 PM

So sorry for your loss.  Mr. Jones taught US History in the classroom next to Mr. Platt's in 1969-70.  I was in Mr. Platt's room and was so envious of friends who were next door - in the exciting room of Mr. Jones!  We could hear him through the wall enthusiastically teaching the same subject we were bored to death with.  Peace to the family, especially Kenny, a former student of mine.
Tedra (Simanton) Hemingway
Message from Joe Doeden
November 4, 2015 6:57 PM

Coach Jones was a huge part of my brother and I's youth baseball career.  We attended his camps and played on his summer teams where Brad and Ken were teammates.  Loved talking baseball with him.  We made a lot of friends across the border via Coach Jones.  We circled the Dekalb game on the calendar every year knowing it was a barometer for how good our team was if we could hang with  them.

Want to express my condolences in this time of sadness.  What a fantastic baseball man and teacher.

Message from The Frank Family
November 4, 2015 6:28 PM

Our sincere condolences and prayers.
May God bring you comfort and peace.

Message from Barry Greenfield
November 4, 2015 5:19 PM

A Great Teacher, Coach and Person. Never To Be Forgotten
Message from Brenda (Campbell) Rickman
November 4, 2015 5:11 PM

My Deepest Sympathy goes out to the Jones Family. Having Bill as one of my teachers in high school at DeKalb in1979 he was truly one man to be admired. He will be greatly miss by family , friends and those who was inspired by all the great things he had done, May you rest in peace coach Jones.
Message from Scott A. Sproat
November 4, 2015 4:33 PM

Baseball has a way of keeping a hold on your heart and mind like few other sports. Regardless of what I ever played, coached, promoted, or organized... I always seem to congregate back to baseball. I never knew why... until today. It's because of the men who taught the game, coached the game, and lived the game. Like few other sports, the men of character who passed the game of baseball on through the generations taught not just lessons on the diamonds but also the lessons of how to live life as honorable and authentic men. Heaven without question can field a team of these men who played and coached the game that is without peer in regard to the impact that they've had on the world they left behind. I am not sure what position on heaven's coaching staff that Coach Bill Jones will hold... but I can guarantee you that their pants are now correctly bloused, their cleats are polished, and they now know respect for the game and for their opponents that no other coach could teach in quite the same way. Thanks, Coach Bill Jones for teaching me how to be a man, what a team truly is, and how to respect myself by respecting others. Your legacy will live on in the coach that your son Wba Ken Jones is, the player that your grandson Hayden Jones is and will become, and in the feel of freshly - cut grass on a well manicured infield. To say that you've given more to the game and to me and countless others than you ever got in return is the grossest understatement that I have ever made... but I make it nonetheless in tribute to the man who shall forever remain... to me... "Coach". R.I.P. Coach. Save me a seat on the bench until we are teammates once again.
Message from Grier Werner
November 4, 2015 3:38 PM

Sorry to hear about Bill Jone's passing. A good man as well as a good friend. As one of the founding fathers of our present day Coaches Association, his influence was instrumental in making our IHSBCA one of the more influential Associations in the country. Baseball has lost a great baseball man and he will be missed. He helped me a lot when I was president back in 2001-2002. He was truly an asset to Indiana High School Baseball.

Grier Werner. retired coach Bloomington South

Message from Linda Colbart and family
November 4, 2015 11:18 AM

So sorry to hear the news of Bill's passing.  What wonderful neighbors you have been to our family for so many years! Just pray for peace that passeth all understanding for the family at this time and moving forward.  Blessings always!!
Message from Chris Adams
November 4, 2015 10:49 AM

To Jones Family,
I was sad to hear about Coach Jones' passing.  When I was at the beginning of my coaching career, Coach Jones was ALWAYS so gracious to help me "learn the ropes".  I learned so much from him and will always have grateful memories of his impact on my life.  May the God, Creator of all mankind, give your family a peace that passes all understanding as you go through this time.
Chris Adams
Carroll High School
Message from Julie K Sproat
November 4, 2015 10:40 AM

Any player who had Coach Jones learned valuable lessons from him both on and off the baseball diamond.  He is one reason so many young men have become great businessmen ..he knew how to instill respect ! I feel fortunate to be the parent of one of his former players.
Message from Cindy & Fritz Busch
November 4, 2015 8:21 AM

Our sincere condolences to the entire family...  Being fairly new to the area, we did not know Bill as a coach... But we did get to know him quite well in his role with the High School Coaches Association... Every time he came to our print shop, he literally brightened our day! Do reflect on his many accomplishments and take comfort in his having made the most of his time and talent.
Message from meg rodecap
November 3, 2015 10:02 PM

sorry to hear coach passed. i will miss his smile and handshake at church. Lord bless the family.
Message from John Bogner
November 3, 2015 8:23 PM

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Coach. I have been at the clinic for 20 years and he is always a smiling face that would not hesitate to share any great ideas. The baseball world lost a good one. My deepest sympathy

John Bogner
Highland HS
Message from Angie Nugen Gilliam
November 3, 2015 6:51 PM

Laura, Mrs. Jones, Brad and Ken;   So sorry to hear of Mr. Jones passing.  Thinking of all of you at this time.  Praying for peace and comfort for your family.  
Message from Toni Thiel Lehman
November 3, 2015 6:44 PM

So sorry to hear about Coach's passing. He was the best teacher I ever had in Jr High and High School in Hicksville! I'll never forget watching the World Series in government class my senior year. Thought and prayers to you Mrs. Jones.
Message from don sherman
November 3, 2015 3:40 PM

jones family,

   so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. he was a great coach and a better man. I will miss him.

don Sherman
Huntington north
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