EXETER — William J. "Bill" Loyack Jr., 75, passed away into eternal rest surrounded by his family on Thursday afternoon, June 26, 2014, at his home in Exeter.
Born in Wyoming on Nov. 24, 1938, he was a son of the late William J. "Bill" Loyack Sr. and Helen Litman Loyack. He was a graduate of Wyoming Memorial High School, class of 1956, where he participated in varsity football and track.
After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force to defend his flag and country. After completing an intense U.S. Air Force technical school, he became an aircraft and missile electrical repairman. During his enlistment, he served at various U.S. Air Force bases throughout the United States, Labrador and the Philippine Islands. He was the recipient of an Outstanding Unit Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in September 1960 with the rank of airman first class.
He began his postal career in 1962 in Caldwell, New Jersey, and transferred to Pittston in 1963. Throughout his career, he was a letter carrier, delivery supervisor and superintendent of postal operations, retiring in 1997. He also served as credit officer of the Pittston Post Office Federal Credit Union.
He was an avid fisherman and passionate gardener, often canning his own tomatoes from the plants he grew from seeds each year.
Bill was a member of St. Cecilia's Church, now the Parish of St. Barbara, for 50 years, where he served as usher and collector, and was a past officer of the Holy Name Society. For many years, he and his wife, Lucille, chaired the annual parish bazaar.
Special thanks to the medical teams and staff of Dr. David Greenwald, Dr. James Galasso, Dr. Gregory Weinstein, Dr. Kenneth Algazy, Dr. Harry Quon and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their excellent care and compassion.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marie Loyack.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Lucille Gagliardi Loyack; son, William, Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Patti, Philadelphia; sister, Diane Ambrose and her husband, Carl, Naples, Florida; uncle, Mike Litman, Wyoming; brother-in-law, Patrick Gagliardi and his wife, Jeanne, Hanover Township; two nephews; one niece; and numerous cousins.
Funeral services will be at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish of St. Barbara, 28 Memorial St., Exeter. Entombment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parish of St. Barbara, Exeter, or to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Wilkes-Barre.
Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.