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Steve H. Jones

September 17, 1951 June 15, 2020
Steve H. Jones
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Steve Howard Jones, aged 68 and a 36-year resident of Oak Park, passed away on June 15, 2020. Steve was born in Chicago on September 17, 1951, to the late Harry and Marcella nee Harden Jones. He was raised on the South Side of Chicago, where he graduated with honors from Wendell Phillips High School. He was then awarded a full academic scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, where he received his bachelor’s degree in English/Education, followed by a master’s degree in Education Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Steve married Denise Galberth in 1983. The couple moved to Oak Park in 1984, the same year they welcomed their only son, Brandon Howard Jones, to the world. Steve enjoyed a 37- year career teaching for Chicago Public Schools, most recently at John W. Garvy Elementary School before retiring in 2010. In addition to his teaching career, Steve was a teacher/mentor, community activist, and gang intervention worker at an after-school program for underprivileged youth and young adults at Saint Elizabeth Drexel Center for 15 years. Steve has also been a long time member of Judson Baptist Church of Oak Park. He was passionate about golf, biking, physical fitness, photography, gardening, and taking walks with his wife.

Beyond his tremendous accomplishments, Steve was most known for his selfless, kind, and loving spirit. He is survived by his wife Denise and his son Major (USA) Brandon H. Jones, DDS of Ft. Knox, KY; his siblings; Marcella Jones, Harry (Pamela) Jones, Marlana Jones, Jeffrey Jones and Debra Marie Jones. His brother-in-law Steve (Theresa) Galberth, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, neighbors, and his dog Dakota also mourn his passing. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of gifts, please send any donations to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

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