James J. Burns

Born: Mon., Nov. 16, 1931
Died: Thu., May 17, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., May 26, 2018
Location: St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Sat., May 26, 2018
Location: St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church

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James Joseph Burns
May 17, 2018

James Joseph Burns, 86, of Schuylkill Haven, formerly of Winter Park, FL, died
Thursday, May 17 at Broad Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Frackville, PA.

Born in Pottsville, November 16, 1931, he was a son of the late James M. and Mary May (Tobin) Burns. After attending Pottsville High School, James enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in both Korea and Vietnam. He retired in 1970 as a Master Sergeant after a 22-year career, during which he was awarded the Bronze Star for his outstanding work in aircraft logistics in Vietnam. Other military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Longevity Service Award, and the United Nations Service Medal.

His post-military employment included Human Resources Director for the City of San Bernardino, CA, during which time he earned a citation from the Consulate of Mexico for promoting good relations with Mexico. He was active in the Jaycees, and served as a JCI International Senator in 1968. He served extensively in the Air Force Association, earning citations for promoting scholarships and educational opportunities.

James was a thirty year member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park, FL, where he served as an usher.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by brothers Joseph B. Burns, John F. “Bucky” Burns and Edward J. Tobin, and sisters Margaret Alice Burns (infant), Catherine Horn and Mary B. Miles.

Surviving are his wife, Esther Mathias Burns, Schuylkill Haven; a brother, Lawrence J. (Mary Rose) Burns, Port Carbon; niece Maureen Challenger and her husband John, Schuylkill Haven, with whom he resided in the past year; additional nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great nephew.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM Saturday, May 26, 2018 at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, Port Carbon. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM Saturday until the time of the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Disabled Veterans National Foundation (http://dvnf.org) 4601 Forbes Blvd, Suite #130, Lanham, MD 20706.

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home 208 Pike Street Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements.  Please send condolences to www.roberaevansjrfh.com

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Janet Mathias
   Posted Tue May 22, 2018

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Janet Mathias.

Richard and Janet Mathias, Rodney and Kathy Jordan, Jim and Kristen Mathias, Paul and Michelle Davis and families. With our deepest sympathy.