WARRIOR, Ala. - James Lawrence Yonker, 95, of Morris and formerly of Bradford, Pa., passed away peacefully in his sleep April 19, 2012.
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He was born in Johnsonburg, Pa., on Jan. 30, 1917, the second of ten children of Vern "Bucky" and Anna Kreigish Yonker.
The Yonker family moved to Bradford, in 1927. On Aug. 15, 1936, Jim married Mildred Kenneson, who died on Nov. 8, 2010, a few months after their 74th wedding anniversary.
James enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1943 and served in the European Front until December 1945.
He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus 0951, Bradford (Pa.) Assembly.
From 1950 through 1965, Jim was the proprietor of an Atlantic gasoline station in Bradford. He worked as a security guard at the KOA Speer plant. He worked in the office of Clyne Builders until October 1974, when he moved to Naples, Fla.
He became a member of the St. William Catholic Church, Naples, Fla.
Jim is survived by his three children, Richard (Barbara Elizabeth) Yonker Sr. of New Braunfels, Texas, Barbara Jean Yonker of Morris, and Carolyn of Naples, Fla.; three grandchildren, Teri, Richard Jr., and John; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gloria Swanson of Bowie, Md. and Loretta Marzucco of DuBois, Pa.; two brothers-in-law, Jack (Helena) Kenneson of Lewis Run, Pa., and Richard Jennings of Naples, Fla.; sister-in-law Dorothy Kenneson of Rew, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass was held Friday, April 27, 2012 at St. Henry Church in Warrior.
Published in The Bradford Era from July 20 to July 26, 2012