By land, in the air and under the sea, Jim sought adventure. He was never more at home than when he was pulling back on the yoke and soaring into the clouds. He was a scuba instructor and headed off to warm water destinations, none more favored than Cozumel. Jim served our country in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne (the Herd, 503rd Infantry) He’d return home with a love of all things Asian. Jim loved Japanese foods, taught Aikido and studied Asian healing arts. Relaxing times found the Military Channel on his T.V., a glass of Chenin Blanc in hand. He always leant an ear to his military brothers; Jim helped many a man through their difficult times. He fed many a feral cat and his house was half animal hospital. He was retired from his Postal Route in Voorhees.
A young Eileen Skanes was working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen when the dashing Jim walked in. Years later they’d reconnect and share 11 years of marriage. Her children, Sarah (Wayne) and Billy would become like his own. If he was meant to be one thing, it was a granddad to Justin and Zachary; though he loved to out debate them.
Come celebrate 67 great years Wednesday 6-8 p.m. and Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Popiolek Funeral Home Barrington, where there will be an 10:30 service. Interment BGWCD Cemetery, Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers donations to Disabled American Veterans (dav.org) will be appreciated.