William Ives

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May 16, 2012

Our dearest husband and father, William Edward Ives, unexpectedly returned to the Lord on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Bill was a caring father and grandfather, a devoted husband of 36 years and someone who lived a very happy life. Bill had a zest for life and would captivate you with the knowledge he had in so many subjects. His family was proud of who he was, the principals he had and his devotion he had to his family. Bill was born February 28, 1955, to the late William J. and Dorothy B. (Tilletski) Ives. In August 1975, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Mary Louise Machung Ives. Together, they raised their two children, Carin Ives, at home, and William Philip Ives, Nanticoke. He gained an additional daughter in May 2010, when Will married Jessica Woolfolk Ives. He also took a very active part in the lives of his two beautiful granddaughters, Emalie and Rebekah Rowles, who resided with him. Also surviving are several aunts, cousins and nieces. Bill was raised in W. Nanticoke, lived most of his life in Nanticoke, and moved to Mocanaqua in 2006. He loved to read and learn about local history. Bill attended Nanticoke area schools and Penn State University, where he studied electrical engineering. He worked for Dallas Tool & Equipment for several years prior to taking a position at Nanticoke State Hospital until its closing. He went on to become Fire and Safety Manager at the State Correctional Institute at Retreat in 1989 until his retirement in 2011. He was a member of the Nanticoke City Fire Dept., Lape Hose Co. No. 2, for over 25 years. He served as deputy Fire Chief for six years and then Fire Chief for 13 years until his retirement. He was a member of Six County Fireman's Association and the Luzerne County Fire & Rescue Association. He spent many years in his early fire career teaching numerous courses at local fire schools. He was committed to the Fire Department and his position at SCI Retreat. His fellow firefighters and coworkers were like an extended family to him. In addition to his many friends, Bill is also survived by sisters, Ann Marie Waselus and her husband, Jesse, Hanover Twp.; Carol Ives, Clarks Summit, and brother, David Ives, Kingston. His funeral ceremony will take place Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. from the Grontkowski Funeral Home P.C., 51-53 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Faustina Parish (Primary site) with the Rev. James Nash officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Wanamie. Friends and family are invited to call today from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Valley with a Heart, 7 Alden Road, Nanticoke, PA 18634.

Published in Times Leader on May 18, 2012
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