May 29, 2015
David Williams, West Scranton, diedevening at home after an illness. He and his wife, the former Edith J. Kaufman, celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on May 22.
Born in Scranton, son of the late David Silas and Elizabeth M. Evans Williams, he was a 1949 graduate of West Scranton High School. He was a retired truck driver, having started his career with RF Post Co., then with Jones Motor Freight and then retiring in 1998 from Yellow Freight. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 229. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War with Company D 15th Infantry Regiment. He was a recipient of the Combat Infantrymen Badge, the Korean Service Medal with Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, the UN Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
David died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a hardworking man with the heart of a gentle giant. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fixing things and his Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Compassionate Care Hospice for the care given to Dave.
Also surviving are three daughters, Jane Kropa Gaul and husband, John, Clarks Summit; Cathy Pregnar and her husband, Daniel; and Elizabeth Cacioppo and husband, Carmen; a son, David Jr. and his wife, Ann, all of Scranton; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Ronald; and an infant sister, Maude.
A celebration of Dave’s life will be heldat in the Fairview Memorial Park Veterans Section with members of the family as well as the Army military honors detail officiating.
Friends may callfrom in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton.
Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of Robert C Jones, funeral director.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 429 S. Main St., Suite 10, Old Forge, PA 18418.
For directions, to share a memory or to leave a condolence, visit www.vanstonandjames.com.