Jones, Melvin "Babe"

Written by David Green.

Melvin L. “Babe” Jones, 90, of Fayette,  Ohio, died April 23, 2010, at his home.

He was born July 24, 1919, in Dearborn, Mich., to the late William and Cora (Park) Jones. He married Pauline Bacon at the Wauseon Methodist Church on March 2, 1940, and they shared 70 years of marriage.   

Babe grew up in Dearborn, where he graduated from Henry Ford Trade School, and began his career as a tool and die maker. He came to Fayette in the late 1930s, assuming a role in the construction of the Fayette Manufacturing plant. It was in Fayette where he met Pauline, the love of his life, and he made countless friendships and bonds too numerous to name.

Babe proudly served his country in World War II, serving two years in the United States Navy in the South Pacific. Babe later founded Quality Tube Service in 1970, and served as the president of the company until his passing.

In 2008, Babe and Pauline were crowned King and Queen of the Fulton County Fair.

Babe, a true outdoorsman and avid sports fan, was a member of numerous organizations including Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wild Turkey Foundation, White Tail Foundation, the National Firearms Association, and the Fayette Athletic Boosters. He collected art prints and duck decoys, and he enjoyed attending antique car shows and traveling, hunting and fishing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Joyce (and Jim) Fruchey of Fayette; a son, Jamie (and Sandy) Jones of Big Rapids, Mich.; a brother, Chester Jones of Leesburg, Fla.; two grandchildren, Brian (and Lesley) Fruchey and Corey (and Melanie) Fruchey, all of Fayette; five great-grandchildren, Hailey (and Dustin) Tuley, and McKenzie, Alexis, Kelsey and Trista Fruchey; and two step-great-grandchildren, Tyler and Katelyn Downing.

Babe was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Clifford, Merle, Harold, Donald, and Raymond;  two sisters, Twila Jones in infancy, and Dorothy Brockmiller.        

A funeral service is planned at 2 p.m. Monday, April 26, at the Fayette United Methodist Church with Pastor Kathy Currier officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette and on Monday, from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

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