J. David Jones

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J. David Jones was called home to his Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at the Celtic Hospice Inpatient Unit, Wilkes-Barre.

He was born July 6, 1935, in Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Edwin and Arline Blankenbush Jones. He was a graduate of Edwardsville High School, Class of 1953, and a member of the Edwardsville Alumni Association.

J. David was a life member of the Dr. Edwards Memorial Congregational Church of Edwardsville, where he served as president of Christian Endeavor, and Sunday school teacher and superintendent. He served as vice president of the Cynonfardd Eisteddfod and was a member of the Ethnic Committee. He managed the Edwardsville Little League, Teeners and Hardball leagues. He and his son, Scott, played softball with the Immanuel Baptist Church. He was a member of the Christian Bowling League and sang with the Orpheus Choral Society.

J. David retired in 2000 after 46 years in the printing trade, starting in 1954 at the Wilkes-Barre Publishing Co., and was a founding member of The Citizens' Voice, serving as a printer, mailing room foreman, building superintendent and board member.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Leonard E. Jones.

He is survived by his wife of 41 warm and loving years, Dawn E. Jones; children, Scott David Jones and his wife. Pamela, Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Amy and her husband, Dr. Mark Rummel, Michigan; sons, Dean Lutinski and Chris Lutinski, both of Kingston; Mark Lutinski and wife, MaryAnn, Edwardsville; grandchildren, Mia, Gerrit, Mark, Nina, Xander, Michael, Dean, Joshua, Justin, Christopher and Tyler; four great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Jones Wolosz; and numerous nieces and nephews.

J. David lived "A Wonderful Life" in an extraordinary way. He had great strength of character, deep faith and true compassion. Even as he endured a difficult illness, he exhibited his great strength and his deep faith in the Lord.

He never missed watching his favorite old movies, including "It's a Wonderful Life," or his favorite teams, the Eagles, Phillies and Celtics.

The family would like to thank his caregivers at Medical Oncology, and especially his nurses from Hospice Home Community Care.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Dr. Edwards Memorial Congregational Church, Edwardsville. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Trucksville. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Dr. Edwards Memorial Congregational Church, 668 Main St., Edwardsville, PA 18704, or to the Medical Oncology Associates Prescription Assistance Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingtson, PA 18704.

Funeral arrangements are by William A. Reese Funeral Chapel, 56 Gaylord Ave., Plymouth.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 29, 2014