John Edward Polons, known as Jack to some, died Thursday, May 16th at Tyler Memorial Hospital.
John was born in Ashley, Pennsylvania on January 18, 1937 to Edward Polons and Gertrude Blockus Polons.
He graduated from Hanover High School in 1954. Upon graduating he enlisted and served for 8 years in the Navy Reserves. In 1958, he married, moved to New Jersey and worked as a bus driver for Public Service. He missed the country life and moved back to Pennsylvania where he was employed and worked for 25 years at Proctor and Gamble in Mehoopany as a pipefitter welder. Upon retiring he pursued his passion and became a professional bowler on the PBA Senior Tour. John resided in Auburn Township for 45 years where he loved his home and the area.
He was a member of the Saint Bonaventure Church, the Holy Name Society, and the Tunkhannock Chapter of the Moose. He served on the Board of Directors of Claverak and the Crescent Lake Association. He is the former owner of the River View Center in Mehoopany. John loved hunting, fishing, bowling, and gardening especially with his grandchildren. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, and mentor. He was loved and respected by many.
John was preceded in death by his brothers Edward and Clement.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lucille; daughter Diane Ives and husband Douglas; son Joseph and wife Brenda; grandchildren John, Adam, Christopher, Lucy, and Seth Ives, Sarah Merritt and husband Curtis; and Sophia Polons; and great grandchildren Branson Merritt and Alexa Ives. He is also survived by his sister, Gertrude Metroka and husband Tony, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will hold a memorial mass on Tuesday, May 21st at 11 oclock at Holy Name of Mary Church in Montrose. Father Casimeir Stanis will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Johns name to the John E. Polons Scholarship Fund, c/o Attorney Dante A. Cancelli, Suite 401, 400 Spruce Street, Scranton, PA 18503. Arrangements by Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com.