William L. Jones, Ph.D.


Dr. William L. Jones, Ph.D., 89, of Bloomsburg, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at Emmanuel Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Danville.
He was born Saturday, April 26, 1930, in Wymore, Neb., a son of the late John D. and Leta (Fisher) Jones.

William was a 1947 graduate of Wymore High School. He expanded his education by attending and wrestling for the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and graduated in 1961 with a Doctorate degree in Education Psychology. He faithfully served his country in the Army during the Korean War, commanding an artillery brigade and was honorably discharged from active duty in 1954. He served with the Army Reserve retiring in March, 1965 as the rank of captain.
On Dec. 30, 1949, William married his loving wife, the former Joan Maine who preceded him in death on July 4, 2019.
For more than 25 years, William was employed by Bloomsburg University as a professor in special education, until his retirement in 1989. While at Bloomsburg University he advised the fraternity Beta Sigma Delta, he was Department Chair of Special Education, co‑advised Special Olympics for Columbia‑Montour County, the recipient of the Temple Grandin Award, and helped develop Gallup's Teacher Perceiver Screening. William was a consultant psychologist for Geisinger Medical Center for more than 25 years.
William was a member of the Good Shepherd United Methodist, Bloomsburg, for over 50 years.
William loved serving parents and special needs students, he was co‑founder with his wife Joan, of The Jones Center for Special Education Excellence. He also helped found CampEmerge at Camp Victory, Millville over 20 years ago. He was past president of the Bloomsburg Area School Board. In retirement, he was a volunteer advocate for special needs students/parents. For over 30 years, he delivered Meals on Wheels.
William was a very patient and loving father and a "Dad" to many.

Survivors include his beloved children, Mark Jones and wife Sheila of Bloomsburg, Julie wife of Patrick Woll of Danville, Timothy Jones and wife Lisa of Ellicott City, Md., Jonathan Jones and wife Kathy of Bloomsburg, Jeff George and wife Denise of Perry Sound, Canada, and Eric Jones of Bloomsburg; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Trudi Jones; one son, Rodney Jones; two brothers, Alfred and Elwin Jones; and one sister, Eloise Ottersberg.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 101 E. Fifth St., Bloomsburg, followed by the funeral at 11, with the Rev. Audrey M. Brosious, officiating.
Private committal services will be held in the New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy. Military honors will be provided by a combined American Legion and V.F.W. contingent.

Memorial contributions in William's honor are suggested to: CampEmerge, c/o Camp Victory, P.O. Box 810, Millville, PA 17846.

The Allen Funeral Home Inc., 745 Market at Eighth Streets, Bloomsburg is honored to be serving the Jones family.
Friends and family wishing to send a memorial gift, share a personal memory or offer condolences to the family, a Memorial Tribute Page in William's honor and a Sympathy Store are available at www.Allen‑FuneralHome.com.
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Edward Johnson Jr
Sep 04, 2019
My condolences to the Jones family. Dr Jones was a rock to a lot of people. He was the calm before, during and after the storm. Especially relating to being the advisor to the Beta Sigma Delta fraternity. I pledged Beta Sig in 1970 and graduated in 1974 from Bloom. I remember Doc and his wife attending our banquets at Genettis in Hazelton, Pa. Can't imagine what they thought, especially Mrs. Jones. God bless Mr & Mrs. Jones and the entire Jones family.

Sincerely, Ed Johnson Jr
Class of "74
Jim Blockus
Aug 29, 2019
Our condolences to Doc Jones' family. We greatly appreciate all the guidance and support he provided to us as students and as members of Beta Sigma Delta. Doc will be missed by us, but remembered for his kindness, wisdom, mentorship, and friendship.
Richard Decker
Aug 29, 2019
Dear Family,

I will forever remember Dr. Jones as one of the kindest and genuinely nice people I have ever met. How in the world he was saddled with the task of watching over Beta Sig, I will never know. I am a Beta Sig member and graduated from BSU in 1972. May your Dad rest in peace in a much better place.
Sincerely, Rich Decker