Roger Jones ’72
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
John, Chapter 14, verses 1-2
Roger Lee Jones of Holland, MI, age 74, passed away at home on Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Over the course of his last few days, he received many words of love and caring from his family and friends. His beloved wife, daughter and son prayed with him during the hours preceding his death and he received communion.
Roger L. Jones was born in 1948, in Benton Harbor, MI, to Don and Lillian Jones. He attended Holland Public Schools where he was active in football, basketball, baseball and choir. He graduated from Hope College in 1972 and married Norine Elizabeth Everson, another Hope graduate, from Sodus, NY, in 1971. Roger was an employee of Xerox Corporation in Webster, NY, for 33 years where he worked as a project engineer and IT specialist.
Roger is survived by his wife of 52 years, Norine Everson ’71 Jones. He is also survived by his two children Jennifer L. Jones ’01 -Grzan and Christopher R. Jone ’01s; also six grandchildren—Michael, Alex, Madison, Wade, Edith Mae and Vincent; and his brother Tom P. Jones ’74 and his wife Anne ’76 as well as sisters-in-law Phoebe L. Everson and Mary Jo TenEyck. He also leaves six nephews and a niece, cousins, extended family and friends who loved him. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his sister, Donna.
Dedicated to his family and community, Roger served for many years as a coach for baseball, softball and soccer teams for the Webster Athletic Association. He was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church of Webster, NY, Third UMC of Sodus, NY, and First UMC of Holland, MI. His favorite activities included participation in Xerox intramural teams for softball, basketball and volleyball. He loved camping and canoeing with his family, caring for his grandchildren, and working in his lawn and gardens.
The Jones family would especially like to thank Connections, Faith In-Home Care, Holland Hospital, Keystone Medical, Hospice of Holland and the ALS Association—Michigan Chapter for their loving care and support throughout his illness.