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Lawrence "Larry" Jonesi, age 83, beloved husband of the late Ruby; father of David (Lori), Gary (Fran) and Linda; grandfather of Jason, Alexander, Alison, and Ian; stepfather of Jill and Chris (Amy) Schauwecker; and grandfather of their children, Sally and Michael Berman and Luke, Ava and Jimmy Schauwecker; son of the late H. Howard and the late Fay; brother of the late Robert "Bob"; companion of Marian Marcus; former spouse of Carole; uncle of Bill. Larry was born in Chicago, IL, and attended Sullivan High School. He was a proud Korean War Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army's 17th Infantry Regiment in Onyang, Korea. He played football and baseball at Northwestern University, and graduated with a B.S. in Education. He then played professional baseball for the Wytheville Virginia Statesmen, a minor league affiliate of the major league St. Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles), and he made the 1953 Appalachian League All Star team as a catcher. As a young adult, Larry invented sports-related games such as Kardball in 1946 (a precursor to the 1960's "Strat-o-Matic" and today's fantasy baseball games) and he patented a handheld basketball paddle with attached ball-on-string game in 1955. Larry was a teacher, coach, and administrator in the Chicago Public Schools for 37 years, serving at Jirka Elementary School, Foreman, Phillips, Sullivan, Mather, and Von Steuben High Schools, and as a citywide Athletic Coordinator. At Sullivan High School, Larry coached some of the best football, basketball, and baseball teams in the city during the late 1960's and early 1970's. During this time, he also started and ran Jamboree Day Camp at Caldwell Woods, one of the most popular and beloved day camps on the North Shore. Service Wednesday, 10 a.m. at The Chapel, 8851 Skokie Blvd., Skokie (at Niles Center Rd.). Interment Memorial Park, Skokie. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the or Lewy Body Dementia Association would be appreciated. Info. The Goldman Funeral Group, Irwin Goldman Director. (847) 478-1600.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Apr. 2, 2012
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