John D. James (J.D.), 91, of South Abington Twp, passed away Sunday, May 28th at Willowbrook Assisted Living. His wife of 67 years, Jean Sykes James, died May 10, 2016.
Born in Scranton, PA, son of the late David and Elizabeth Evans James, he graduated from Scranton Central High School, Keystone College, and attended the University of Scranton.
He was a proud Navy Veteran, serving during World War II on the minesweeper USS Revenge that was the first ship into Tokyo Bay following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was a third generation Metropolitan Life insurance salesman and after retirement, worked for Gertrude Hawk Chocolates. He was a former member of the Lake Underwood Nimrod Association.
J.D. and Jean were pioneer campers in the 1950’s starting with tent camping, then travel trailers and finally motorhomes. He served on the board of directors of Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club and went on to become National President of HRRVC. They traveled in every state and province in North America and in later years spent winters in North Ft Myers, FL.
J.D. was a member of Trinity Congregational United Church of Christ and Trinity Class.
He is survived by daughters Barbara Mushel and husband Al, Sue Kashuba and husband Joe, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sister Marjorie Grippa and brother and sister-in-law Curt and Margaret James.
He was preceded in death by daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Bill Ollendyke and sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Wyndham Davies and brother in law John Grippa.
Funeral service and interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Congregational Church, 229 S Main Ave, Scranton PA 18504.
To share a memory or to leave your condolences for the family please visit www.vanstoandjames.com
Arrangements by Vanston and James Funeral Home under the direction of Robert C. Jones, funeral director.