John Edward Polons, known as "Jack" to some, died Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Tyler Memorial Hospital.
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John was born in Ashley on Jan. 18, 1937, to Edward Polons and Gertrude Blockus Polons.
He graduated from Hanover High School in 1954. Upon graduating he enlisted and served for eight years in the U.S. Navy Reserves. In 1958, he married, moved to New Jersey and worked as a bus driver for Public Service. He missed the country life and moved back to Pennsylvania where he was employed and worked for 25 years at Procter & Gamble in Mehoopany as a pipefitter welder. Upon retiring he pursued his passion and became a professional bowler on the PBA Senior Tour. John resided in Auburn Township for 45 years where he loved his home and the area.
He was a member of the St. Bonaventure Church, the Holy Name Society, and the Tunkhannock Chapter of the Moose. He served on the board of directors of Claverack and the Crescent Lake Association. He is the former owner of the River View Center in Mehoopany. John loved hunting, fishing, bowling, and gardening especially with his grandchildren. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, and mentor. He was loved and respected by many.
John was preceded in death by his brothers Edward and Clement.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lucille; daughter Diane Ives and husband Douglas; son Joseph and wife Brenda; grandchildren: John, Adam, Christopher, Lucy, and Seth Ives, Sarah Merritt and husband Curtis, and Sophia Polons; and great grandchildren: Branson Merritt and Alexa Ives. He is also survived by his sister, Gertrude Metroka and husband Tony; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family held a memorial mass Tuesday morning, May 21, at Holy Name of Mary Church in Montrose, with Father Casimeir Stanis officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John's name to the John E. Polons Scholarship Fund, c/o Attorney Dante A. Cancelli, Suite 401, 400 Spruce Street, Scranton, PA 18503.
Arrangements by Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com.
Published in The Wyoming County Examiner from May 22 to May 28, 2013