James J. Earley, 75, a resident of the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Golden Living Summit Center, Wilkes-Barre, following a lengthy illness.
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Mr. Earley was born in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late James and Margaret O'Donnell Earley and attended James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and served at Camp LeJeune, N.C., and in Puerto Rico. He earned two Good Conduct Medals and was discharged with the rank of private first class.
Following his military service, Jim worked for the Glen Summit Water Co., Mountain Top, and prior to his retirement in 1976 due to disability, he had been a foreman with Gibbons Brewery, the Lion Inc., Wilkes-Barre. He had also been self-employed as a hauler.
He was a member of Holy Saviour Church (St. Andre Bessett Parish), Wilkes-Barre, and had been very active in veterans organizations. He was a life member and past commander of the former Parsons Post 6227, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wilkes-Barre, and had served as district commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a life member and past commander of the Wyoming Valley Detachment, Marine Corps League, Wilkes-Barre. He was also a past commander and life member of the American Legion. Jim had a tremendous sense of civic pride and had been a volunteer driver with the Association for the Blind; an officer with Crime Watch groups in Wilkes-Barre City and in the East End section; attended the Kingston Senior Citizen Center and had been active in several leadership capacities with Troop 93, Boy Scouts of America at Holy Saviour Church.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Earley was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Barbara J. Glowaniak Earley; brothers, Thomas J. and William A. Earley.
Surviving are children, Joseph Earley and his wife, Lori, Hanover Township; Michael and David Earley, at home; Robert Earley and his wife, Michelle, Hanover Township; Randy McGeehan and his wife, Darlene, Dallas; Sherry McGeehan; Diane and Irene; brothers: Edward A. Earley and his wife, Veronica, Myrtle Beach, S.C; John W. Earley and his wife, Diane, Wilkes-Barre; sister, Margaret (Maggie) Hearst, Wilkes-Barre; and sister-in-law, Mary Earley, Monroe, N.Y.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Saviour Church, a worship site of St. Andre Bessett Parish, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The family requests that flowers be omitted and that donations in Mr. Earley's name be made to a
Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 8, 2013