Upper Dells Boardroom dedicated to ‘Notch’ Funmaker

By Ken Luchterhand

Jones R. Funmaker Sr., better known as “Notch,” will be remembered for his dedication to the Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wisconsin Dells facility.
More so, he will be remembered by friends and family for his sense of humor and a strong belief in family.
Notch was memorialized with a room dedication on Friday, May 4, with the Upper Dells Boardroom.
A room dedication plaque was on display, with “Jones R. Funmaker Jr., ‘Notch,’ Hoonch – Cho, February 10, 1966 – March 31, 2017,” inscribed on it.
Carson Funmaker, brother to Notch, lead the dedication ceremony.
James Menore, also known as “Coco,” said that plans were to name the Upper Dells Ballroom in Notch’s honor, however, the ceremony was put on hold just a couple days before it was to happen.
“He was always in the director’s seat. He was fun. A couple months after he passed, I talked to the family about some type of memorial to Notch,” Menore said. “I worked with Notch since ground zero,” he said. “A long time.”
Several family members said how he was dedicated to the casino and hotel.
“He liked this place thoroughly,” Eleanor Funmaker said. “He put his blood, sweat, and tears into it. No words can describe how I feel about this dedication – how high my heart soars.”
A drum group provided the songs for the dedication and the meal.
Many friends and family provided stories about Notch, about his life, humor, and dedication.