Obituaries » William C. Gries
June 13, 2018
William C. Gries
June 13, 2018
William C. Gries, 87, of Edwardsville, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Wednesday, at St. Luke’s Villa, Wilkes-Barre.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre on March 1, 1931, a son of the late Lucas and Minnie Grugel Gries. Bill attended G.A.R. Memorial High School and he served in the U.S. Naval Reserves.
Prior to his retirement, Bill served as a firefighter for the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department for 32 years as the driver of number 6 aerial fire truck and he was also employed as a bus driver for many years for the Williams Bus Line.
He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Wilkes-Barre, where he served as Treasurer for many years. He was also a member of the International Association of Firefighters and a member of the Lithuanian Social Club.
Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Redick.
Surviving is his wife of 65 years, Jean Bayer Gries; son, William C. Gries Jr. and his wife, Cindi, Houston, Texas; daughter, Corinne Petyo and her husband, Edmund, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Alix Gries Burger, Kacie Gries, Danni and Ethan Petyo; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 am from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Rev. Mary E. Laufer, will officiate. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call on Sunday from 2-4 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name to Candy’s Place, 190 Welles Street, Suite 120, Forty Fort, PA 18704.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Bill’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.