Henry Jones

Henry Jones,83, Ransom Twp., died Friday morning in the Geisinger Community Medical Center after being stricken ill.  His wife is the former Clare Bartels.  The couple had recently celebrated 63 years of marriage in December.  

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Sarah Harris Jones.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church, West Scranton.  Prior to his retirement he had been employed as a heavy equipment operator for 58 years with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542.  Earlier in his life he had been employed by the Chrysler Corp in Detroit, Michigan.

A man of many talents he was the Master Mechanic with Bechtel Power Corporation during construction of the Susquehanna Steam Generation Plant.   Hank was the former Maintenance Supervisor at the Abington Heights Middle School. Hank was the former Ransom Twp. Supervisor where he served for 15 years.  He was a United States Army veteran serving with the 802nd  Engineer Aviation BN of the 6th Armored Division.  He was a member of the Lackawanna County Association of Township Supervisors and served as its first Vice President.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the Geisinger Community Medical Center Emergency Room specifically Dr. Louis DeNaples for the care and compassion shown to Henry and his family. The family would also like to thank Dr. Wayne Weston for his personalized care to Henry.

Also surviving are sons Henry J and his wife Maureen of Clarks Summit, Eugene and his companion Marilyn of Ransom Twp., and Donald and his companion Deborah Snell of Clarks Summit;  grandchildren Brian,Heather, Meghan, Robert, Thomas, Donald and Timothy; two great grandchildren Brian, Jr. and Troy;  many nieces and nephews.https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

He was also preceded in death by brothers Thomas, David, Benjamin, Morris, Arthur, Joseph, John,Edward and George and a sister Mary Ann Gabriel.

Private funeral services were held in the Vanston and James Funeral Home.

Interment, Milwaukee Cemetery, Ransom Twp.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vanston and James Funeral Home and are under the care and direction of Robert C. Jones, Funeral Director.

To share a memory or to leave a condolence please visit www.vanstonandjames.com


  1. The Wells & Smith family of West Mtn. in Ransom Twp.

    We would like to send our condolences. Hank was a very kind man. The people who knew him in Ransom twp, will not forget him. He is one of a kind. He treated his neighbors like they were family. He will be missed very much. God bless him, May he rest in peace. He’s God’s angel now.

    Good bye my friend,
    Tami Smith

  2. jim and marion newberry

    he will be missed by all who went to united Baptist church,peace at last

  3. Lynda Ord Thomas

    I am so saddened by the news of Hank’s passing. It seems like yesterday that he was standing with me at my dad’s viewing holding gladiolas that he grew and knew my dad loved them. He is now rejoined with his best forever friend, Paul.
    Together they were definitely the dynamic duo. West Mountain won’t be the same without hm. My heartfelt sympathy to Claire, Hank, Eugene, and Donnie! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Joe and Lynne Renaldi

    Dear Clare and family, Joe and I were so very sorry to hear of Hank’s homegoing. We will miss seeing his smiling face, hearing his great stories, laughing at his jokes , and being in his company at Alfieri’s. He was a sweetie who will be missed! We hope to see you there Clare. God bless you and hold you all in the palm of His hand during this difficult time.

  5. Mary Lou Jenkins

    Dear Clare: I was so very sorry to hear of Hank’s passing. I will miss him in church and will always remember talking to him after the service on Sundays. God bless you and your family and give you strength at this difficult time.

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