Willard J. Jones, Jr. went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 18, 2011, at the age of 84. Willard worked as a chemist for the State of Michigan Department of Public Health, retiring after twenty four years. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and Korea. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn; children, Cynthia (Randy) Britton, Rebecca (Xing Ping) Lin, Ruth Jones, Glen (Joy) Jones, Paul Jones, and Carolyn (Keith) Riley; grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer) Britton, Jonathan Britton, Daniel, Benjamin, and Jason Lin, Derrick Jones, Joshua, John, Joe, and Elizabeth Riley; sisters, Isabelle Jones and Joan VanNest. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at South Church. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to The Gideons International or the Lansing City Rescue Mission.