William “Bill” Jones

 William “Bill” W. Jones

November 26, 2014

William “Bill” Jones, age 77, of Dunmore, PA, went to be with the Lord on November 26, 2014, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. The loving husband of Louise E. Guse Jones for 56 years, he passed away at his home surrounded by his family.

Bill lived in the Scranton area his entire life. Bill’s smile, laugh, spirit, warm heart and moustache will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He was an original member of the choral group “The Key Notes”. He was an avid golfer, and especially enjoyed playing in the Twilight League at Elmhurst Country Club.

Bill retired as Vice President from Acker Drill Company in 2012 where he had worked diligently for 47 years.  He attended Elm Park United Methodist Church and was formerly a member of Myrtle Street United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Bill was a Past Master of Union Lodge #291 and was a 1955 graduate of Scranton Technical High School.

Bill is survived by three children: Leslie Griffin and husband Steve, Leesburg, VA; William Jones, Jr. and wife Kathy, Annandale, VA; and Keith Jones and wife Maria, Lansdale, PA; and five grandchildren: Laura and Lindsey Griffin; Sarah and William Jones III; and  Michaela Jones. He is also survived by in-laws: Jack Seeger, Paul and Irene Guse, Ellen Guse, Ed and Nancy Guse, Elaine Guse, Donny and Gerri Guse; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents: William H. and Gladys Warman Jones; and two sisters: Maude Jones and Shirley J. Seeger.    

Visitation will be held on Monday from 4-6:45 PM at Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash Street, Scranton, PA.  A Masonic service will be held at 6:45PM. Friends may also call Tuesday morning from 10:30am until time of service at the church.

The funeral service will be held at 11 AM Tuesday at Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden Street, Scranton, PA with Reverend Howard Woodruff, Reverend Peter Carey and Revered Betty Reilly. 

Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Elm Park United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or to Traditional Home Health and Hospice, 113 West Drinker Street, Dunmore, PA. 

The family would like to thank Dr. Phillip Boccagno, Dr. Aakansha Asija, the staff of Northeast Radiation Oncology, and the nurses of Traditional Home Health and Hospice for their outstanding care and compassion for Bill during his illness.

For directions, to share a memory or to leave a condolence please visit www.vanstonandjames.com


  1. Edna Johnson Prestwood

    Dear Louise and Family. So sorry to read of Bill’s passing. He was always a lovely gentleman and I know that he will be missed. God’s heaven will be enriched with his presence. Edna Johnson Prestwood and Family.

  2. Kevin McLaughlin

    To Bill’s Family – I played many golf matches with Bill at Elmhurst over the years. One of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure to be around. A real gentleman. The first time I played with him I knew I had made a life long friend. He will be greatly missed at the “Hurst”. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Bill. God bless.

  3. Bob and Franci Lindaberry

    We will miss Bill, only in this life. It was always enjoyable to be with him. When we lived in Clarks Summit, it was a unplanned treat to often meet Bill when we went to eat at Jim Dandy’s Restaurant in Chinchilla.
    He was my Dad’s (coach Frank Johns) key basketball player. Bill often called my Dad coach.
    We could easily see what a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend he has always been.

  4. Brenda Staerker-lewis

    Right now it seems that everything is overwhelming but manageable.Louise, the support pf family and friends will hold you during the ceremony. My love and prayers are extended to you for courage during the quiet moments when you are home alone when the memories come. I pray that you are emboldened by the thoughts of love from your husband.He loved you and that was so clear in his actions towards you. The way he held your elbow when you went up the stairs; the look he gave you when he said your name. The way you joked with each other- your love is apparent to those in your presence. For that you are blessed always.

  5. Al Aukscunas

    Dear Louise and family,
    I enjoyed being with Bill at lodge; he was a great guy and we always got along so well. I’m sorry I’m not able to pay my respects in person, but I had surgery recently and have been laid up at home. Please know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Bob Schreck

    I was fortunate enough to have Bill as my best friend from Boy Scouts through High School
    I will miss him

  7. Kent Schaffer

    I had the great pleasure of doing business with Bill through Acker Drill Co. I learned a great deal from him as well. He was one of the true gentlemen of the drilling industry and will be missed dearly by all that ever had the pleasure of meeting him.

    My deepest sympathy to you Louise and Family.

  8. Roberta Himchak-Cioffari

    Mrs. Jones, Leslie, and family, So sorry for your loss. Hoping he is now at peace and you all are as well. Keep all of your best memories close at heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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