James H. Moses

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Jan. 31, 2013

James "Jimeal" Harry Moses, formerly of Kingston, passed away on 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, of Pittston, and formerly of Kingston. Jimeal and Deanie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month on Dec. 8, 2012.

He also is 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; many nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded 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 Plains School District schools. 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 Paterson Commercial College, Paterson, 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; he 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 Chiefs Association. He was a member of the Civil Defense Shelter Management and Mass Care and Survivorship. 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 artist Tom Hess to paint an oil mural on a large wall at the business, a significant moment in Plymouth history. It is now on display at the Plymouth Historical Society.

James was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and AMVETS. He served on the Civilian Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania 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.

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

James Moses' family requests that memorial donations are 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 emailed to the family at


Published in Times Leader on Feb. 3, 2013
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