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Monty Lee Jones

December 27, 1941 ~ April 13, 2021 (age 79)


Monty (a.k.a. “Indiana”) Jones, 79, died on Tuesday, April 13, in his home of more than 50 years and surrounded by his family’s love. He was born in his childhood home in Terre Haute, Indiana, on December 27, 1941, to Norman and Winifred Rukes Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jack Jones.

Monty is survived by his wife of 56 years, Phyllis Sanders Jones; sons Marty (Stephanie) Jones and Rob Jones; daughter Barbara (Anthony) Adderley; granddaughters, Addison Jones and Samantha Adderley; sister Kaye (Gary) Blackburn; sister-in-law Sandra (Richard) Livingston; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many lifelong friends.

Monty was known for his bountiful vegetable garden, which he planted and cared for each summer. He loved bluegrass music, enjoyed being outdoors, and he spent many days hunting for Native American artifacts and morel mushrooms. Monty was a National Guard veteran and worked as an offset pressman, retiring from Ivy Hill in 2001.

After he retired, Monty returned to his artistic roots and became a well-known artist in Vigo County and several nearby art communities. Monty created countless pieces of art that reflected his love of both nature and sprint car racing. He was a founding member of the River City Art Association and also enjoyed being involved in the Wabash Valley Art Guild, the Gaslight Art Colony, the Covered Bridge Art Gallery, and the Bicentennial Art Gallery in Paris, Illinois.

In 1959, Monty graduated from Otter Creek High School where he played on the basketball team. He remained close with many of his classmates throughout his life and organized several class reunions over the years.

Monty’s family invites friends and family to share their memories of him at a celebration of Monty’s life on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Samaritan Funeral Home in Terre Haute. Private burial services will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the River City Art Association or Hospice of the Wabash Valley. Online condolences may be made to

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