Ray D. Jones, age 69, of Pierceton, passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021, at 3:14 a.m. at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

Born on March 17, 1952, in Warsaw, Ray was the son of Robert and Wilma Stump Jones.

Ray proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a helicopter machinist during the Vietnam War. He formerly resided in Pierceton prior to moving to North Manchester.  

He worked as a truck driver for multiple companies with his most current employment with Sweetheimer Trash Removal. Ray enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family and hanging out with his many friends at the North Manchester American Legion where he served as an Honor Guard and the Post Chaplain.

Ray is survived by daughters: Melissa (Paul) Tarchala, of Ligonier; and Jennifer (Josh) Treat, of Goshen; lifetime companion, Deborah “Deb” Smith, of North Manchester; siblings: Valerie (Bruce) Sweetheimer, of Pierceton; Lynette (Bill) Ream, of North Webster; Bart (Dawn) Jones, of Pierceton; Lorraine (Doug) Green, of North Webster; and Melanie Burkett, of Pierceton. In addition, he is survived by grandchildren: Taylor (Kim), Brenden, Lilyana, Madison, Brock, Andrew, Bentley, Trenton, Conner, Haylee, Cynthia; and great-grandchildren, Lincoln and Griffin. He was preceded in passing by both parents.

A visitation is planned from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 23 at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Pierceton, 105 First St., Pierceton. A funeral service in celebration of his life will follow immediately at 2 p.m. in the Pierceton funeral chapel with military honors rendered by North Manchester American Legion Post #286. Pastor J.P. Freeman will be officiating the services. Interment will be held in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton, at a later date.

Masks are optional, and social distancing is encouraged. No food is permitted at this time.

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Memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post # 286 -215 E Main St, North Manchester, IN 46962; or to assist the family with Ray’s Funeral Fund, McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, 2290 Provident Court, Warsaw, IN 46580.

To sign the guestbook or send a condolence, go to www.mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.