~~William Henry Jost, 91, of Union and Toms River passed away at Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ, on May 1, 2015. A funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, 37 Church Mall, Springfield, on Monday, May 4th at 10:30am. Interment will follow at Hollywood Cemetery. Arrangements are by Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home.
Born and raised in Bloomfield, NJ, William had lived in Union for 30 years and Toms River for 15 years before moving to Sunrise Assisted Living in Basking Ridge 3 years ago. He worked for many years as a tool and die maker with E & M Tool in Irvington. William was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Marines during WWII including the battle at Iwo Jima. In 2010, he and his son-in-law, George, travelled back to Iwo Jima as part of a Military Historical Tour which included four other surviving veterans, their families, as well as survivors of deceased Japanese veterans. A longtime member and former deacon of the first Presbyterian Church of Springfield, William was an avid remote control airplane enthusiast and enjoyed building clocks.
William was the beloved husband of the late Gertrude Marie Jost and the late Elfriede Chalupa. He was the loving father of Christine Vallone and her husband George, Virginia Oliver, Richard and his wife Susan, and Paul and his wife Christy. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Christopher Oliver and his wife Jessica, Meaghan Oliver and her husband Kyle Wright, Beth Oliver Lane and her husband David, Lauren Vallone, George Vallone and Julia Vallone, great grandchildren, Ryan, Declan, and Mason Oliver, dear brother of Robert and his wife Mary and the late Donald and his wife Eileen. In lieu of flowers, contributions in William’s memory may be made to The Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, 1900 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.