Donald R. Jones

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Dec. 19, 2012

Donald R. Jones, 97, of Village Road, Dallas, died on Wednesday morning, Dec. 19, 2012, at The Laurels, Kingston.

Born July 1, 1915, in the Heights section of Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Edward and Florence Savage Jones.

In the third grade he moved to Kingston and attended Kingston schools, graduating from Kingston High School, class of 1933.

In 1943 he entered the U.S. Navy, took basic training and attended storekeepers school at Sampson Naval Training Center. He served in the Pacific aboard the USS Dixie AD 14 during World War II.

Don started to work for Fowler, Dick and Walker, the Boston Store in 1932, where he worked for 47 years.

In 1939 he married Wanda Coolbaugh, and they spent many happy years together. Wanda passed away July 5, 1986. Also preceding him in death are his brothers, Edward and Malcolm.

He is survived by his son, Carl A. Risch, and his wife, Carol, Swoyersville; granddaughters, Melanie Derby, Meagan Risch; great-grandchildren, Morgan Risch, Hunter and Harlan Derby; nieces, Bettylou Mattioli and Holly McDonough; nephews, Fred Risch and Paul Risch.

He was a Master Mason in Kingston Lodge No. 395, F & AM. He received his 50-year pin and served as Master in 1958. He also was a member Shekinah Royal Arch Chapter 182, Dieu Le Veut Commandery No. 45 and Knights Templar, Irem Shriners and Caldwell Consistory Valley of Bloomsburg. He was a 50-year-plus member of all the above.

Don was an 80-year member of Dorranceton United Methodist Church, Kingston, and sang in the choir for more than 70 years. He served on the Dallas Board of Directors for four years. He belonged to the American Legion Post 395 and VFW Post 283 in Kingston.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave, Forty Fort, with his pastor, the Rev. Nick Keeney, officiating. The interment will be in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Dallas. Friends may call on Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A Masonic service will conducted at 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to Irem Temple Shriners Hospital. A special thanks for the staff at the Laurels and Dr. Robert Engel for their fine care.

For any information, or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at


Published in Times Leader on Dec. 20, 2012
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