Francis J. Moyles, 88, of Camp Hill, formerly of Stroudsburg, died Thursday evening at the Community General Hospital, Harrisburg. Preceding him in death was his loving wife, Elizabeth Munley Moyles, who died on Sept. 3, 2002.
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Born in Scranton on July 29, 1924, he was the son to the late Richard and Clotilda Welsch Moyles and graduated from St. Paul's Roman Catholic High School, Scranton. Francis served his country in the Army during World War II, where he was a pilot and flew B-17, AT-11 and C-45. Francis had command of aircraft and crew, and he ascertained before mission that aircraft had been thoroughly inspected. He maintained flight records and reported observations made during missions and had thorough knowledge of general and local flying regulations and meteorology. Francis flew two combat missions and received two Bronze Stairs and an ETO Ribbon, an American Theater Ribbon and a World War II Victory Medal. Following his honorable discharge, Francis obtained a position in banking, first working in the Lancaster area, and relocated to East Stroudsburg when he acquired the position of bank manager of First Federal Savings and Loan, in Stroudsburg, and retired as bank manager of the Security Bank and Trust in East Stroudsburg in 1986. Francis was a member of St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church, Stroudsburg; a lifelong member of the Elks Lodge 319, East Stroudsburg; an avid golfer and a resident of Monroe County since 1953.
Also surviving is his son, attorney James R. Moyles of Camp Hill; daughter, Christine Miller of Martinsburg; W.Va.; grandchildren, Donna L. Moyles of Pittsburgh; Rachael Farris and her husband, Michael, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and Andrea Repp of Martinsburg, W.Va.; great-grandchildren, Natalie Farris, Gabriel Repp and Celia Persephone; many nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church, West Main Street, Stroudsburg, by the Rev. Thomas McLaughlin, pastor. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Oram Street, Scranton.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home Inc., 27 Washington St., East Stroudsburg, where online condolences can be made at www.lantermanallenfh.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 19, 2013