James R. Mulherin Sr., 80, died peacefully at home Thursday. His wife is the former Elizabeth "Betty" Dixon. They just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on April 27, an event he was extremely proud of.
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Jim was born in Scranton and was the son of the late James Raymond Mulherin and Loretta James Mulherin. He was a 1951 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. Upon graduation from high school, he was employed by Woodlawn Dairy, Scranton, and served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict from 1953 through 1955. He continued his military service in the United States Army Reserve through 1961. He was awarded the National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals. He resumed his career at Woodlawn Dairy Company upon discharge from the Army in 1955, where he worked until his retirement from Woodlawn Dairy in 1981. Jim thoroughly enjoyed his years working at the dairy as a deliveryman, so much so, that later in life, he and his son, Jack, restored an old Woodlawn Divco milk truck that he proudly displayed at numerous car shows and parades. Jim was also the proprietor of M&M Auto Transport, Scranton, Pa., from 1985 through 1996.
Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and dedicated family man. Everything he did in life revolved around his family and their well being. His wife, children, grandchildren and daughter-in-law were the loves of his life. He will be greatly missed.
Jim was a lifelong car enthusiast and collector, especially Corvettes. He was the proud owner of the third Corvette in Scranton, which he purchased in 1959 and still owned to this day. He was an active member of the Corvette Club of Northeast Pennsylvania, the Villa Capri Cruisers, Antique Automobile Club of America and the Divco Club of America. He was a 32nd degree Mason with the Hyde Park Lodge, the United Baptist Church, Scranton, a former member of the Irem Temple Shriners. Through all of the organizations he was a member of, he was dedicated to raising funds for many charitable organizations and causes.
In his earlier years, he enjoyed bowling in numerous leagues at the Green Ridge Bowling Lanes and playing softball and basketball in recreational leagues. He was also an avid New York Giants football fan.
Surviving are twin sons, James "Jim," Blakely; and John "Jack" and wife, Tammy, Clarks Summit; and granddaughters, Samantha, Ashley and Riley; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his beloved grandson, James R. III.
The funeral will be conducted on Monday at 10 a.m. in the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., with the Rev. Earl O. Cassel, pastor of the United Baptist Church of Scranton, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Abington Hills Cemetery, South Abington Twp.
Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 332 Wheeler Ave., Scranton, PA 18510.
Please visit www.solfanel lifiorillofuneralhome.com for information, directions or to leave an online condolence.
Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home
1030 N Main Ave
Scranton, PA 18508
Published in Scranton Times on May 10, 2013