Jon William Lucas, 79

| September 22, 2020 12:15 AM

Jon William Lucas, 79, of Polson passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, after a brief battle with a glioblastoma, at the Providence Hospice Care Unit in Everett, Wash., with his daughter by his side.

He was born April 11, 1941, to Rex and Laura Jeanne Lucas in Sumner, Iowa. On June 5, 1971, he married Bonnie Warburton in Haney, British Columbia. In July of 1972 they welcomed the birth of their daughter, Shawneen. Bonnie passed away in July of 1990.

Jon grew up in Sumner, graduating from Sumner Community High School in 1959. Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Vietnam War. He retired from the U.S. Navy TAR program out of Alameda, Calif., in 1979, as a chief petty officer, to Mount Vernon, Wash. Jon continued his passion of aviation, working in quality assurance at Boeing and retiring in May of 1998 to Polson.

Upon his retirement, Jon embraced becoming a grandpa, welcoming his grandson Lucas in December of 1999 and his granddaughter Tyla in September of 2004. He promptly taught them about the magical powers of ice cream and how it fixes everything. He also promptly picked back up his passion for riding Harleys and keeping the rubber side down, even making a trip to Australia with his cousin Mike to ride. Jon and his cousin, Mike, began touring the United States, collecting Harley t-shirts from all the cities (yes, they rode to Alaska) and participating in numerous rides together.

Jon will always be remembered for awesome hugs, love for his family and friends, the random drop-in visits, phone calls and Harleys. He was an amazing son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He would move heaven and earth for his family and friends.

Jon is survived by his daughter, Shawneen Schmitz (Greg), grandson Lucas and granddaughter Tyla, sister Ronna Hoppenworth, sister Jill (Larry) Graening, nephew Mitch (Claire) Hoppenworth,n Niece Darcy (Dan) Knights, nephew Jared (Allison) Graening, cousin Mike (Ruby) Treloar, numerous cousins and many close friends.

Jon was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Jeanne, his beloved wife Bonnie, and nephew Michael Hoppenworth.

The family would like to thank Providence Hospice Unit in Everett for their compassionate care of Jon and his family, and a special thank you to Paula Weaver for helping us to fulfill his wishes in his final days.

A graveside service with Navy honors will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Hawthorne Memorial Park in Mount Vernon.

Please visit www.hawthornefh.com to share your thoughts and memories and sign the online guest register.

Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.