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John Thomas (Chick) Boone

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, John Thomas (Chick) Boone, loving husband and father passed away at the age of 92.

John was born on June 8, 1927 in the Spike Island section of Moosic, PA to David and Catherine (Allen) Boone. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944 and served aboard the USS Diamond Head (AE-19). After receiving an honorable discharge, he attended Scranton Lackawanna Business College where he earned an accounting degree. He settled into a career at the Continental Cigar company that lasted 35 years. In September of 1960, he married the love of his life, Carole Deluccie of Scranton, PA. They raised five children.

Throughout his lifetime in Avoca, Chick was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was also a founding member of the Avoca Jolly Boys club as well as a life member of American Legion Post 607. For several years, he served on the Avoca borough council and as a school director for the Northeast School District. When he retired from the Continental Cigar Co., he worked part-time as a financial manager for Pittston Area School District cafeteria.

A loving and devoted father, he was also well-known in Avoca and the surrounding communities as a loyal and loving friend, uncle, and brother who earned respect and admiration from all who knew him.

John was preceded in death by his parents David and Katie Boone and Stanley and Mary Exeter also sister Alice Kiesinger and husband Walter, brother David J., sister Betsy Nebreski and husband Ben, brother Martin and wife Nancy, and brother-in-laws Joseph George and Gene Kostiak. He is survived by sisters Mary George and Gloria Kostiak.

John’s beloved extended family, with whom he was raised, is Stanley Exeter, Celestine Popple, Cecilia Exeter, and Allen Exeter all of whom are deceased. Surviving members of the Exeter family are Ann Joy Markowski, Theresa James.

John is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Carole (Deluccie) Boone and children, Thomas and Nanako (Oyabu), San Francisco CA, Mary Jean And Sean Mulligan, Charlotte NC, Michael and Donna (Emlaw) Avoca, PA, John and Erin (Flannery), Avoca, PA and Paul, York, PA, grandchildren Wil, Raleigh, NC, Kate, Charlotte, NC, Dan, Charlotte, NC and Tess, Charlotte, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Queen of The Apostles Parish Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, PA 18641 and to the Avoca Borough Centennial Committee, 950 Main St., Avoca, PA 18641 A private memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow with Fr. Phillip Sladicka of Queen of The Apostles Parish, Avoca officiating. Arrangements are made by Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.


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