Craig H. Jones, 68, of Wilkinson, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. He was born on May 11, 1949 to the late Robert and Eloise (Nelson) Jones.
After graduating from Milwaukie High School in Milwaukie, Oregon, he received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University in 1971. Craig began his personal relationship with the Lord before the age of six, and grew spiritually in the Milwaukie Covenant, a church founded by his parents and 4 other couples.
Craig remained faithful to the Lord all of his life. Craig retired from Charles Schwab as a stock broker, where he enjoyed training and helping his team to achieve their goals. He married Gloria (Camplin) on June 27, 2008. He was a member of Grace Community Church in Noblesville, Brandywine Community Church in Greenfield and attended Discovery Church in Fishers.
If you knew Craig, you knew he was a good Christian man who was always involved in church activities, a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, a life-long Bible student, loved America and loved his family. But if you spent any time with Craig, you knew he loved the Dodgers, not the Yankees, the Washington State Cougars, Formula One Racing, Car and Driver magazine, big screen TVs and music . . . all kinds of music. He especially liked attending the Trans Siberian Orchestra concerts when they were in town. He liked ice cream . . . he liked ice cream on his waffles and in his coffee! He prided himself in telling jokes and delighted in the moans and groans that followed. He enjoyed traveling and taking pictures of his family, redbuds in the spring, sunsets and snowfalls. Although Craig had a great sense of humor, his faith in the goodness of God, His mercy and grace was the strength of his character. Craig might have lived in Indiana, raised his sons here and supported them as they participated in the Carmel Marching Band, but his home was in Oregon . . . the mountains, especially Mt. Hood in the Cascade Mountains, were always calling him.
If you knew Craig, you might not know that he was on Art Linkletter’s House Party when he was in the sixth grade. You might not know that he lived with an Aunt and Uncle in Hawaii after college and worked on a radio station. Only a few special people were treated to “Daddy’s Nachos.” He loved learning, took graduate classes from Answers in Genesis and loved studying geology, researching the true age of the earth and how science is proving the Bible!
If you knew Craig, you were blessed. He was rock solid in his faith and convictions. He had an enviable work ethic and standards. He was dependable and honest, a loving husband, a dedicated father and a boastful grandfather.
If you knew Craig, you would know that he would encourage you to trust your life and the lives of your loved ones to Jesus. He would tell you that we serve a good, good Father who never leaves you or forsakes you. He would ask you to say the blessing over your family, to pray before you get out of bed, before every meal and before you go to sleep. He would encourage you to make Jesus your friend. He would tell you that forgiveness is the key to freedom, to love, to give generously and to be thankful for all of your blessings. He would tell you that Heaven is our home.
Craig shared this Bible verse, and it will help to describe the way he lived his life. “Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ-the Message-have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives -words, actions, whatever-be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” Colossians 3:17 The Message
Craig is survived by his wife, Jeannie Jones; sons, Bob Jones, Philip Jones and Ken Jones; step-children, Carrie (Tom) Douglas, Ben Noland and David (Kristen Baldwin) Noland; three grandchildren; sister Lynn (John) Bonife; nieces, Kali (Bradley) Bonife Schultz and Kristin Bonife; and mother of his sons, Kathy Jones.
A memorial service will be held at Brandywine community Church at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made by mail to the Hope Center of Indy, PO Box 29063, Indianapolis, IN 46229, or to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201. Friends may share a memory or a condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com.
Arrangements are being handled by Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory in Greenfield.