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Wendell Edward Jones formerly of Palatine Wendell Edward Jones, 73, of Fort Myers, Fla. for three years, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. He was born Nov. 4, 1937, in Battle Creek, Mich.,, the son of Harry Charles and Ernestine (nee Smith) Jones. Mr. Jones began his career as a speech therapist for District 15, Palatine, and later as a director of special education in the district. He was assistant superintendent in Cook County for special education for four years; became the director of low incidence handicap children in DuPage West Cook for 12 years; was the interim director of Buehler YMCA in Palatine; was a salesman for Clayton Metals; formed Prometco Company; and after brief retirement, Mr. Jones started Wenco, a promotional products company. In 1998, he was appointed to fill the seat of former Senator Peter Fitzgerald, where he served until his retirement in January 2007, from the legislature. Mr. Jones was very active in local politics in Palatine, serving as a Village trustee from 1967 to 1973 and Village president from 1973 to 1977. Although he was successful in many professional endeavors, he was most proud of his time as an Illinois State Senator. Mr. Jones is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Jane Ellen (nee Condon) Jones; his beloved children, Timothy W. Jones, Julie A. (Thomas) Healy and Janell L. Chandler; and four cherished grandchildren, Ryan, Micaela, McKayla and Taylor. He was the brother-in-law of James (Patricia) Condon and Warren (Carol) Condon, and the late Dr. Doris Allen; and uncle of five nieces. Memorial visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. with a memorial service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine. Inurnment will be held privately at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, Palatine. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suiye. #310, White Plains, NY 10605, www.lls.org *http://www.lls.org/*, Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Cr., Fort Myers, FL 33908, www.hopehospice.org *http://www.hopehospice.org/* or Midwest Palliative Hospice & Carecenter, 2050 N. Claire Court, Glenview, IL 60025, www.carecenter.org. For information, call 847-359-8020 or visit www.smithcorcoran.com.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2011
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