June 22, 2012
William J. Jones, 69, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family Friday, June 22, 2012.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Elmer and Anne Needham Jones. He was a graduate of Elmer L. Meyers High School and the Luzerne County Community College's Culinary Arts program. He was an experienced painter who began his career at Claremont Painting in New Jersey, worked at WW Davis in Wilkes-Barre, and opened his own painting company, William Jones Painting.
He retired as an insurance agent from Western & Southern Life Insurance. Bill and Claire are the proprietors of Claire's Tavern in Ashley.
Bill was proud to serve in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and the War of the Bay of Pigs. He was an active member of many respectable organizations, including the Marine Corps League; Amvets; the American Legion; a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 302; member and past president of the Catholic War Veterans, Ashley; member and past president of the Hanover Township Lions Club.
In addition to spending time with his family, Bill enjoyed many hobbies. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed wildlife, hunting, boating and fishing. He loved traveling; especially cruising, trips to Florida, and time spent at the ocean. Most of all, Bill adored football. Go Notre Dame!
He was preceded in death by his sister, Bella Lynn Jones.
Bill is survived by his devoted family, wife of 47 years, Claire Fedak Jones; daughters, Michelle Mack and her husband, James, Mountain Top; Danielle Day and her husband, David, Harding; Lisa Kozloski and her husband, Brian, Union Dale, Pa.; and Laurie Jones of Wilkes-Barre. Bill has nine loving grandchildren, Carissa Welles, Dominic Mack, Lauren Mack, James Mack Jr., Brian Kozloski Jr., Hunter Kozloski, Madison Day, Kendall Day and Kylee Kozloski. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Jones, Thornhurst; and sister, Eileen Christoforatus, Kingston.
As a member of the Lions Club, Bill was honored to donate his corneas with the possibility of helping two other people regain sight. In his honor, the family requests that donations be made to the Hanover Township Lions Club.
Military funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.