Ralph G. Jones, 68, of Rolling Prairie, IN, passed away Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Northwest Health-Porter in Valparaiso, IN.
He was born in Knox, IN, the son of Ralph H. and Betty (Luke) Jones.
A lifelong resident of the area, Ralph, whose nickname was "Too Tall", attended Ivy Tech for two years and retired as the Electronics supervisor for Bayer Corp. On September 19, 1981, in La Porte, Ralph married the love of his life, Deborah Sue Nichols. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 83, La Porte and a member of The La Porte County Sheriff's dive team, where he was featured on the cover of Skin Diver magazine. Ralph was a car guy and owned a 1973 Blue Chevy Camaro, which he proudly took to shows and won many trophies for. The car made the cover of Region Rides magazine. He also enjoyed fishing and Boar hunting, woodworking, cooking and boating. Ralph and Deborah loved to travel, with their last big trip being to Alaska. His family, especially those grandchildren were his special joy.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deborah; his mother Betty Jones; his son, Brian (Delanna) Hurley of La Porte; brothers Bryan (Janice) Jones of Carol Stream, IL, Kenneth (Amy) Jones of Kirklin, IN; sisters Kathy Hill of La Porte, Karen (Chris) Heaps of Florida; 6 grandchildren Kevin Murphy, Kayla Hurley, Koral Hurley, Kyle Hurley, Taylor (Chris) Brown, Travis (Cassie) Gambrel; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ralph was preceded in death by his father; sister Denise McKay;brother Glenn Jones; mother and father-in-law Della and William Nichols. .
Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., LaPorte, IN where the family will receive friends Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00-11:00. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Pine Lake Cemetery, La Porte.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation by going to bafound.org and clicking on donate.
Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.