Willard H. Dakey, 89, of Steene, died Friday at home under the care of Wayne Memorial Hospital Hospice. He is survived by his wife, the former Marjorie Compton. They wed in 1946, and enjoyed 68 years of marriage.
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Born in Archbald, son of the late Wilbert and Mary Adams Dakey, he graduated from Honesdale High School in 1942. After graduation, he joined the family business, Dakey's Cabin Land in Steene, and then worked with his father in the home construction business. In 1965, he became employed at Moore Business Forms in Honesdale as a press operator, and retired in 1987 as plant carpenter.
He was a dedicated, active member and former trustee of Honesdale Central United Methodist Church, as well as a member of the XYZ Fellowship group. He also served on the Indian Orchard Cemetery Association and the Western Wayne school board.
Known for his quick wit and great sense of humor, he enjoyed square dancing, and was a member of the Rare Squares for many years. He also enjoyed bowling and golf and participated in area leagues, and was a member of the Hawk's Nest Hunting Club in Winterdale. He always took great pride in his garden, and used his extensive carpentry skills to create lawn ornaments and swings, which he sold from his yard.
He is also survived by a son, Alan Dakey and wife, Diana, Dalton; a daughter, Joyce Bannon, Steene; eight grandchildren, Mick Jenkins and wife, Amanda, Sayre; Kurt Jenkins, Prompton; Jay Jenkins, Berkely Heights, N.J.; Shari Jenkins Franklin and husband, Shaun, Waymart; Janet Dakey; Eric Dakey, Lemoyne; Renee Bannon Chernin and husband, Rich, Clarks Summit; and James W. Bannon, Waymart; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Max and Luke Chernin; a sister, Jean Anderson, Prompton; and a son-in-law, Thomas Jenkins, Aldenville.
He was also preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Linda Jenkins; a sister, Ruth Poloncic; and son-in-law, James Bannon.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Jenkins Funeral Home, 269 Belmont St., Waymart. Interment will be at Indian Orchard Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 to service time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 205 11th St., Honesdale, PA 18431.
Jenkins Funeral Home
269 Belmont Street Waymart, PA 18472
Published in Scranton Times on July 13, 2014