William F. Nolan

William F. Nolan, 57, of Jessup, died Thursday at the hospice unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. He is survived by his wife, the former Debra Settles. They had been married 19 years.

Born in Keene, N.H., son of Ronald Nolan, Naples, Fla., and the late Norma Nolan, he spent 14 years dedicated to the Navy as a chief petty officer engineman, where he received many awards and acknowledgements. A graduate of Pine Bush High School, he received an associate degree in business management from Lackawanna College and was employed for 16 years at Arlington Industries as a mechanic.

He was a loving, caring and faithful husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and a shoulder to cry on. He fought his biggest fight with cancer for many years and not just for himself, but mainly for his family and friends. Now he is at peace and pain free because the Lord called him home. He will watch over us and protect us as guardian angels would. He may be gone but will never be forgotten.

His family would like to give an extra special thanks to all their friends and family, Southern Care Hospice, especially Robin, Jen, Denise and to Pastor John, also the VNA Hospice and GCMC hospital.

Surviving are six children, Amanda Crawshaw and husband, Erik; Timothy Settles and fiancée, Samantha Madrazo; Elizabeth Settles; William Nolan and wife, Megan; Virginia Nolan and Patrick Nolan; 12 grandchildren, Athens and Nevaeh Crawshaw, Gabriel Schmidt, Abigail Settles, Lana Forchilli, Sabatian, Chase, Molly and Hayley Nolan and Isaiha, Alyeah and Nevaeh Nolan; his best friend and brother-in-law, John Armstrong; many loving brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Saturday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City. Interment, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. For directions or to leave an online condolence, visit www.mazurfuneralhome.com.

Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 19, 2013