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Schoolcraft Cemetery
Friday May 7th, 2021

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Kenneth Alan Jones

Kenneth Alan Jones, 63, died unexpectedly in his Kalamazoo home on April 26, 2021. He was a well known musician, performing with the Grand Rapids and Battle Creek Symphonies. He was a percussionist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for 45 years. He had also played in local churches and other musical venues. Ken was born in Sturgis, MI in 1957. His family moved to Schoolcraft in 1967. At the age of 13 he auditioned for Julius Stulberg and the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony. He remained with them for several years, taking tours throughout Canada and Europe, playing concerts in many countries. He graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1975. After receiving a Board of Regents Scholarship, he attended Western Michigan University where he graduated, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s degree in music. For many years he taught instrumental music to elementary and middle school students in the Kalamazoo Public Schools. Ken was a talented and well-liked person by all who knew him. Music was the center of his life. Preceding him in death were his father, Marion Jones and his brother, Robert Jones. Left to grieve his passing are his son, Maxwell, his mother, Marilyn Jones, sisters Kathleen Kelly and Laurie Bittle and brothers Larry Jones and Steven Jones, as well as 3 nephews, 2 nieces, 2 grandnieces, and 1 grandnephew. In accordance with Ken's wishes cremation has taken place and he will be laid to rest with his family at Schoolcraft Cemetery on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. There will be a tent and everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs. While visiting Ken’s tribute page please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with the family. The Jones’ family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home and Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. 269-679-5622.

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A sympathy card was purchased for the family of Kenneth Alan Jones.

May 6 2021 11:44 AM

A sympathy card was purchased for the family of Kenneth Alan Jones.

May 6 2021 11:37 AM

Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Kenneth Alan Jones.

May 4 2021 2:06 PM

Ken with his brothers and sisters, plus one nephew. Christmas 1982?

Marianne Crawford Jones May 4 2021 1:50 AM

Max and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know words cannot come close to relieving grief but please know our thoughts and energy are coming your way.

Bob and Kathy Bensley May 1 2021 6:43 AM

It was so sad to here of the loss of Ken. He and I were best buds when he first moved to Schoolcraft. We learned a lot about life in 6 and 7th grade together. He was so funny and brilliant. So so smart in math and science too. I could listen and watch him play drums for hours. I regret not keeping in touch after high school,

matthew bond Apr 30 2021 1:21 PM

Ken brought the love of music and rhythms to all his students. We worked together at Lakewood and Lincoln in KPS. He was part of the staff for talent shows (especially enjoyed doing a duet with him playing "Dizzy Fingers") and worked with students to add to our International Night. He would bring Max's writings to school and share them with us. He was so proud of Max. He bragged about his jobs and accomplishments. We were glad to listen! He was generous with his time and extra KSO tickets. Our students enjoyed seeing him on Chenery or Miller orchestra trips. Mr. Jones enlightened them. I am sadden that he left us at such a young age.

Sheri Kurtyak Apr 30 2021 12:33 PM

Ken and I were associated while teaching lessons and playing in various ensembles starting in the '70s. I remember his enthusiasm for trying to corner the market in collecting the "Drummer Quarters" minted and circulated for the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration. He was a good guy and a fine musician. Tom Weeks

Tom Weeks Apr 30 2021 6:19 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Jones

Jennifer Briggs Apr 29 2021 8:57 PM

Mr. Jones was an Amazing music teacher! I was fortunate enough to work with him for 3 years. He always found a way to include All children in his performances. He continued to seek different ways to reach each class. He was Amazing to listen to at the symphony. I pray for peace, comfort and strength to help them to walk through this storm in life.

LeonShawna Camburn Apr 29 2021 4:52 PM

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