Memorial for James “Jim” Jones ’58
EAST LANSING, Mich. – James David Jones, DO, on July 22, 2017, passed with peace and grace quite effortlessly in alignment with the flow of life, embodying his dedication to Wuwei, accepting life as it is and not forcing. His beloved wife Mary (of 62 years) was at home with him in their apartment at Burcham Hills in East Lansing.
He is survived by one sister, Patricia (Frank) Hawkins of Chicago; daughter, Beth (David) Grimshaw of Haslett, Mich., and daughter, Margaret Jones (Phillip Schroeder) of Arkadelphia, Ark.; three grandchildren, Benjamin (Morgan) Grimshaw of Chicago, Ashley (Daniel) Lindquist of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Kelsey Grimshaw (AJ Gunn) of Seattle, Wash.; and two great-grandchildren, William Edwin Lindquist and his namesake, James David Lindquist.
Jim was born in Decatur, attended Millikin University and The California College of Osteopathic Medicine of Physicians and Surgeons. He received his pilot's license before his driver's license and flew for many years as a crop duster and stunt pilot, even climbing into planes from convertibles at air shows.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He practiced medicine at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Danville for 40 years as the director of Outpatient and Admitting Services.
His unique perspective on the world was made manifest in his eye for photography. He adored all kinds of music and had a passion for hi-fi equipment. He was an amateur radio operator (WB9FYH), and an avid reader of all books esoteric, philosophical and spiritual, a lover of fine dark chocolate and beautifully tailored clothing.
Services will be held at their two home churches, The Chapel of St. John the Divine in Champaign on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. followed by interment at St. John's Episcopal Church in Decatur at 3 p.m. The family is being served by Leslie Funeral Home.
The family wishes to thank his many caregivers, especially Sarah, Brandy and Tracy from Danville, and the wonderful staff at Burcham Hills.
Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation or their two churches.
He was attracted to many spiritual traditions. Among the most influential was Taoism (a path to God), living in harmony with the natural principles of the universe. His life was a beautiful example of this cultivation and patient, disciplined practice. He leaves us rich in memories and as a model of great soul.