James Harry "Jimeal" Moses

James "Jimeal" Harry Moses, formerly of Kingston, passed away Jan. 31, 2013, at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton.

He was born in Plains Township on Jan. 23, 1925, to the late Joseph and Rhoda Moses.

James is survived by his wife, the former Bernadine "Deanie" Yanok, Pittston, and formerly of Kingston. Jimeal and Deanie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month on Dec. 8, 2012. He is also survived by daughter, Laura Moses Winters, Kimberton; and grandson, Dylan James Winters. Also surviving are sisters, Sadie Barkovitz and Loretta Skaff, both of Plains Township; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Joseph Moses Jr., Abraham Moses, Victoria Azain, Helen Biniek, Elias Moses, Emily Achey, Elizabeth Moses, Rose Lasiewicki, George Moses, Albert Moses, as well as many nieces and nephews.

James attended the Plains School District. He volunteered in the Army during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific Ocean at Oahu and Maui, Hawaii. He saw combat on Saipan and Iwo Jima.

After the war, he moved to Patterson, N.J., and started his first business, a restaurant. After selling the restaurant, he studied business at Patterson Commercial College, Patterson, N.J. He worked his way up to be the youngest foreman in U.S. Rubber Co. history, Passaic, N.J. He oversaw 3,500 employees. James moved back to Pennsylvania and attended Penn State Extension, majoring in statistical quality control. He worked as a quality control supervisor at Linear Inc., Dallas. During this time, he also opened Jimeal's Catering, Plymouth, and was in business for 45 years.

James' accomplishments in his lifetime include being a member of the Irem Temple Shrine for 50 years in the Capitular Masonry, and was the first president of the Irem Temple Stewards. He was a past president and had perfect attendance of the Plymouth Rotary Club. He was the recipient of the distinguished Paul Harris Fellow Award, the highest honor bestowed by Rotary International.

James was the founder and first president of the Plymouth Historical Society, and was instrumental in the documentation of the first commercially successful Anthracite Coal Mine in the United States which was located in Plymouth. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission approved the placing of a historical marker at the location in Plymouth. He was a recipient of the President's Award from the Luzerne County Police Chief's Association. He was a member of the Civil Defence Shelter Management and Mass Care and Survivalship. While during the Agnes flood in 1972 he managed to serve more than 175,000 meals to flood victims at the Plymouth National Guard.

While remodeling his catering hall after the Agnes flood, James commissioned an artist Tom Hess to paint an oil mural, on a large wall at the business, of significant moments in Plymouth history. It is now presently on display at the Plymouth Historical Society.

James was a member of the American Legion, Veteran's of Foreign Wars and AMVETS. He served on the Civilian Advisory Committee of the PA National Guard. He is the recipient of Certificates of Appreciation from Kiwanis, Girl Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America and the Plymouth Borough Council.

James was a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Wilkes-Barre.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday from Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, with service at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church, S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Parrish Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

James Moses family requests that memorial donations may be made in James' name to St.Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, 905 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, The Plymouth Historical Society, 115 Gaylord Ave., Plymouth, PA 18651, or a . Online condolences may be sent to the family at mosesjb@aol.com.

Published in Citizens' Voice from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3, 2013