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Past Farmers Award winner passes away

ABATE of Illinois, and the entire motorcycle rights community, lost a true champion on December 24, 2014.

Dr. Rickey Lee “Rick” Jones, age 61, of Effingham, IL, formerly of Robinson, IL, died Wednesday December 24, 2014 in Beaufort, South Carolina after many months of battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Born March 15, 1953 in Robinson, IL, he was the son of Maxie G and Barbara Jo (Peak) Jones. On March 7, 2012 he married Patsy (West) Harrington and she survives. Dr. Jones was a Federal Inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry Division from 1986 thru 2012. Rick graduated Lincoln Trail College in 1980, then received his Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois and Graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinarian Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1985. Dr. Jones served in the United States Navy, 1971 - 1978; was a member of the Robinwood Assembly of God, Robinson, IL; member National Association of Federal Veterinarians; National Charter Member of the Motorcycle Rider’s Foundation; Member of the executive board of the A.B.A.T.E. educational organization from 1992 thru 2012; Member of the Illinois Farm Bureau; National Rifle Association and a life member of the U.S. Navy Non-commissioned Officers Association. Survivors include his wife, Patsy Lee Harrington-Jones, Effingham, IL; father, Maxie G. Jones, Robinson, IL; daughters and sons-in-law, Angel and Tony Sanders, Marshall, IL; April and Jarrod Hale, Mt. Vernon, MO; son, Mr. Cody Jones, Auburn, IL; brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Wanda Jones, Robinson, IL; sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Robert Fields, Lewisburg, PA; three step-children, Jedediah and Ida Harrington, Effingham, IL; Tory and Rusty Kelly, Beaufort, S.C.; Montana Harrington, Los Angeles, CA along with several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death was his mother, Barbara Jo Jones, December 29, 2010. Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:30 am Wednesday December 31, 2014 at the Hall Funeral Chapel, 1110 North Fourth Street, Effingham, Illinois, with Chaplin Jay Bridges officiating. Interment will follow in the Kirk Chapel Cemetery, rural Robinson, IL. Friends may call on Tuesday December 30, 2014 between the hours of 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm at Hall Funeral Chapel in Effingham. Memorial donations to charity may be made to the A. L. S. Foundation (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) or A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois or to the Paralyzed Veterans of America with envelopes available at the funeral chapel. Condolences may be left online at

J. Ryan Hubbard
A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, Inc.
State Coordinator

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