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Melvin Allen Jones


Melvin Allen Jones

June 4, 1945 - November 29, 2015

Melvin "Bunghee" A. Jones, 70, of Washington, DC and formerly of Ponemah, MN died Sunday, November 29, 2015 in Grand Forks, ND.

Traditional services will begin at 10:00 am, Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Girls and Boys Club in Ponemah, Minnesota. A wake will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday at the Girls and Boys Club in Ponemah and continue until the time of service. Interment will be at the Family Burial Grounds in Ponemah, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.

He was born June 4, 1945 in Ponemah, MN the son of William and Mary (Downwind) Jones. During his life he was a bus driver, mechanic, language instructor in the community and schools. He was a traditional grass dancer, a drum keeper and a fun-loving man.

He is survived by his daughter Loreline (Donovan) La Croix, 10 grandchildren and significant other of 22 years Nina Craig.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Tonia and all of his siblings Louisa, Mary Jane, Geraldine, Frederick, William "Billy" Jr., Hinton and Ralph and Rusty.

Honorary Casketbearers will be his grandchildren: Tevin, Tre, Jose, Ch'ontay, Wambdi and C'etan, Nicole, Cha chi, Antonio and Pancho, his fellow drummers, singers and dancers and Murphy Thomas and Wallace Humphrey.

Active Casketbearers will be Kevin Jones, Jr., Martin Whitefeather, Edwin Jones, Rudy Rodriguez, Dwight Greenleaf, Jeff Iceman with alternate Aaron Jones.

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