Charles "Charlie" Jones
1925 - 2021
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Charles “Charlie” Jones was an Indiana boy whose heart was pure positive attitude!


 


His roots go back to Bourbon, Indiana, where he graduated from Marshall County High School and was working on the family farm, when a neighbor boy said he was going to Purdue and asked Charlie to join him.  So, off the two boys went to Purdue with their partially filled suitcases and dreams of their life ahead. 


 


He found himself studying Science and worked his way through school as a lab assistant and dining hall captain.  Later, he utilized his outstanding penmanship by printing the dewy decimal numbers on books for the Purdue Library.  Summer jobs, such as house painting and replacing window screens, served as the foundation for his entrepreneurial spirit and taught him how to leverage his time and talents.  Before he knew it, he had a team of over 40 people working for him and following his leadership.


 


These life lessons and the many other selling skills Charlie learned throughout college led him to his first job in New York selling pots and pans door-to-door.  Although, not the glamorous life he’d hoped to find upon college graduation in 1949, it was an opportunity that expanded his world and exposed him to other parts of the country.  This love of exploration led to a lifetime of global travel to scores of countries by being a founding member of Voyager 1000 and also the Ambassadair Travel Club.


 


He later worked at the Frankfort Co-op, then, moved to Lebanon, Indiana, and morphed his career into real estate related pursuits, by founding Royal Title Services, which provides residential and commercial title insurance and closings for local and national customers. 


 


During his life, he collected thousands of tapes and CD’s, using his car as a classroom for perpetual learning.  Additionally, he always found time to serve in leadership during his 70+ years in the Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Elks, Moose, Kiwanis, Rotary (Danville and Plainfield), Board of Realtors, Builders Association, Town Board of Ulen, York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Indiana Land Title Association (Life Emeritus) and the American Land Title Association.


 


He and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Jones, spent untold years connecting others to Purdue through membership in the Indianapolis, Clinton County, and Boone County Alumni Associations, Presidents Council (Charter Members), Friends of Convocations, and John Purdue Club.  Through their two daughters, Susan (Matt Huffine) and Jennifer (Gary Katona), they endowed two Women’s Golf Scholarships.  Along with supporting  Purdue Crew, they have been season ticket holders for decades of Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Women’s Volleyball.  Charlie and Libby were awarded the prestigious Black Coat Award for their continuous support and Charlie was inducted into the inaugural Business Hall of Fame class by the Boiler Business Exchange.  Being the consummate Purdue Ambassador, you could always find Charlie with a pocket full of Gold “P” pins that he continually handed out on any occasion to anyone who might be a Purdue prospect (no matter their age!).


 


A positive attitude and a thirst for life-long learning is what invigorated Charlie.  He was always happy to play a role in mentoring others and paying it forward.  He spent his life working on his “dash” (the time from birth to death) and challenged others to ask “How are you spending your dash to make a difference with your life?”


 


His life spent “living the dash” is a great story!  Please join us and share your memories on Wednesday, June 16th anytime between 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Strawmyer and Drury in Lebanon.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity in Charlie’s honor, as you pay it forward.


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Published in Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary- Lebanon Chapel on Jun. 9, 2021.
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8 entries
June 16, 2021
Jennifer&Gary, Susan&Matt ~ what a wonderful remembrance of your Dad and the "gusto for life" (the dash) has certainly found a place in all your hearts!
M.C. Haslett
Friend
June 12, 2021
Uncle Charlie led a remarkable life. He will be missed. Sending love and prayers to Susan, Jennifer and family.
Barbara Panigot
Family
June 10, 2021
Jennifer- We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad was always so kind and loved talking to the kids. He told me recently, “I just love seeing kids smiling and playing in Ulen.” May your memories carry you through the tough days ahead. What a wonderful legacy he leaves here. Boiler up.
Carmen Cannon
Neighbor
June 10, 2021

A life well lived. Glad and honored to have shared a small part of it. Condolences to all the family.
Delbert Davis
Friend
June 10, 2021
I became a self-invited house guest and part of the Libby and Charlie Jones "family" for Easter in 1982. Jennifer, my bestie from our Sorority at Purdue, graciously hosted me, an out-of-state 'orphan', to spend the holiday with her family. Once in a lifetime friendships (now 40 years) are a rarity, and when you also connect with the parents of a best friend, the relationships become much deeper. I will greatly miss your father at my once a year trek to a Purdue football game and/or the Indy 500. At the Jones' tailgate he was always smiling, laughing, and willing to do a celebratory shot to cheer on the Boilers! I will deeply miss our posing for photos of kissing the cheek of Charlie Jones on a fine fall, sunny, football Saturday. Love Always - Heidi
Heidi Hoyles
Friend
June 9, 2021
My father and I spent a great deal of time with Charlie. He was a part of the Hardee's crew and then met at Franks for lunch after COVID. My dad, Keith Lilly called him the "Spiritual Advisor" of the group of men at Hardees. Charlie had a wonderful sense of humor and great advise. I myself during COVID saw him going into the building during a walk with my children around the square. He was so happy to see all of us. I will miss his quickness and the stories he would tell. I loved hearing about Libby and the girls. He would go into great detail when he spoke of all of you. My dad will miss his friendship and conversations. The two of them would get those other guys going crazy. We are sorry for your loss. He was wonderful person.
Andrea Lilly Coleman/Keith Lilly
Friend
June 9, 2021
I'm sorry to hear about Charlie passing. Your family is in our prayers.
Daniel Slusser
Coworker
June 9, 2021
Susan, Jennifer and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your Father Charlie's passing. Over the years I heard so many wonderful things about Charlie through my Mother who worked for Royal Title until she retired in July 2018. I feel very fortunate to have met your Father at my Mother's retirement party in July 2018. I had the chance to be introduced to your Father at the party and I liked him from the minute I met him, he was a classy gentleman, very kind, and kept me very entertained with stories and collaborating who we knew in the title business.

I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow.
Todd McGreevy
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