James P. Morio, 88, passed away quietly after a lingering illness on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at the V.A. Hospice Unit, Plains Township.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre on March 19, 1925 to the late Helen and James Morio. He was the last surviving male member of his family, having lost six brothers and two sisters earlier. He has one surviving sister, Dorothy Ragukas married to Robert of Larksville.
He leaves a son, Gene and wife, Carol, Hershey; three grandchildren, Jason and family, Austin, Texas; Bradley, Hummelstown; and Kristi Leiss, wife of P.J., Middletown. He has seven great-grandchildren; a loyal companion, Marlene Bentell; many nieces and nephews; and the family dog, Tucker.
James attended GAR High School, and was self taught via the University of Life in most trades. Following the Agnes flood, he single-handedly rebuilt his home. He worked many years in the mining industry and as a textile printer.
Besides his family, Jim's passion was his service and dedication to the veterans of the armed forces. He served in many capacities at the V.A., volunteering for more than 40 years, while also serving in many positions with local Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars
and American Legion organizations. In recognition, he received the Call to Service Award from President George Bush for his countless hours of service. He served as Kingston Democratic Party Committeeman for many years.
An unassuming and quiet man, nevertheless he served his country in World War II
with the 82nd Airborne Division. He earned the Purple Heart
Medal after the glider plane he was in crash landed in France. After losing his medal to Hurricane Agnes, through the auspices of the Friends of the Forgotten, he was awarded a replacement in a ceremony at the V.A. in 2010.
A lifelong baseball fan, he coached in the '50s and '60s in the Kingston Little League, and was proud to have been an influence in the lives of his players.
His family would like to give thanks to these fine institutions who gave him thoughtful and compassionate care in his final days: Golden Living Center, East Mountain; Geisinger Hospital Heart Center; and especially the V.A. Hospice Wing of Plains Township.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the Kopicki Funeral Home, Kingston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Andrew's Parish, Parrish Street, Wilkes-Barre. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local humane society.