Merwin L. ‘Nip’ Jones


Merwin L. (“Nip”) Jones passed away January 7, 2021. He was born August 10, 1942, in the Town of Trenton, son of Robert and Dorothy Bell Jones. He was a dedicated parishioner of Northwestern United Methodist Church.

Nip graduated from Holland Patent School in 1961 and served in the US Army from 1963-66 in Fort Belvoir, VA, as an Engineer Equipment Mechanic Repairman, having been awarded commendations for Good Conduct, Sharp Shooter, and a Driver Mechanic Badge.

Nip enjoyed his 35 years working as a Developmental Aid with the DDSO, retiring in 2004.

Growing up as a child with two older brothers, he learned to defend himself by biting, gaining the nickname “Nip” which stuck with him throughout his life. As family, the kids grew up with a special bond and respect for each other throughout life which could only be attributed to Mom and Dad. He learned the value of hard work and long hours at his family farm alongside his siblings. Nip is fondly remembered as a “dream-maker” by his children and grandchildren because of this value he learned growing up. He would help you find a way to achieve your goals because “if you work for something, you will appreciate it more.”

Nip was a quiet, thoughtful man with an infectious smirk. He enjoyed gardening with his grandchildren, Jessica and Kalyn; sharing travel tales with grandchildren, Jake and Sara; golfing with brother, Will and brother-in-law, Stu; and the time he spent hunting with his son, Dave. He valued his travels with close friend, Annette Waterman; and hunting trips, such as the one to Colorado, with his long-time friends, the Miereks. He was a member of Post 1846, Town of Western American Legion. Nip was a very special person who touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by three daughters, Jennifer Lynn (Darren) Kaczor; Denice (Mark) Luczak; Kirsten Reiner; and brother Willard (Renee) Jones; grandchildren Kalyn Marie Kaczor, Jessica (Allen) Luczak-Smith, Sara Luczak, Jacob Luczak; daughter-in-law Christine Jones and her fiancé Brian Underwood; sister-in-law Sandy Jones; brother-in-law, Stu Bushaw; best friend, Annette Waterman; and several close nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son David P. Jones; brother, Donald Jones; and sister, Marilyn Bushaw.

A funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Graveside services will be held in Westernville Cemetery at a time to be announced. Arrangements have been entrusted to Prince-Boyd & Hyatt Home for Funerals Inc., 210 W. Court St., Rome. Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 161 N. Clark, Suite 3550, Chicago, IL 60601 or donate online at

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