James Simpson, 85, of Courtdale, passed away Monday at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
He was born in Bethlehem on Oct. 23, 1927, a son of the late Norman and Mary Beahm Simpson.
James was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving from November 1944 to July 1946 and attaining the rank of seaman second class. He was employed by Muskin Pool Co., Wilkes-Barre, and in his earlier years was self-employed as a photographer.
He volunteered his time as his son's baseball coach for the Luzerne/Courtdale/Pringle Little League. He enjoyed travelling and cruising throughout the world with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, the former Gertrude Sides Simpson; sisters, Ruth Simpson and Jane Reichley; and brother, Norman Simpson.
Surviving is his daughter, Judy Skiro, and her husband, Anthony, Luzerne; sons, James L. Simpson and his wife, Mary, Mountain Top, and Thomas Simpson and his wife, Christine, Mountain Top; eight grandchildren, Tony, Tom, Lori, Tammy, Holly, Tom, Alex and Christopher; 10 great-grandchildren, Alex, Aaron, Jyllian, Rocco, Jamie, Ava, Frankie, Tiffany, Stephanie and Ian; and several nieces and nephews.
Military funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. from the Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson St., Larksville. Interment will follow in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas. Family and friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services.
Published in Times Leader from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2013