Born in Ashley, PA on Jan. 18, 1937, he was the son of Edward Polons and Gertrude Blockus Polons.
He graduated from Hanover High School in 1954. Upon graduating, he enlisted and served for eight 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 Procter & 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 Claverack 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.
Survivors include 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; 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 21 at 11 a.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church in Montrose. Father Casimeir Stanis will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to the John E. Polons Scholarship Fund, c/o Attorney Dante A. Cancelli, Suite 401, 400 Spruce Street, Scranton, PA 18503.
Arrangements were made by Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.