Robert M. James, age 91, formerly of 23387 State Highway #77, Meadville, PA and for the past year and one half residing with his wife, Leora at the Crawford County Care Center, Saegertown, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Meadville Medical Center, Meadville, PA shortly after being admitted. Born on November 23, 1920 in Niobe, New York, Robert was a son of the late Robert Morrell James and Grace Woodcock James. He married the former Leora B. Fry on October 3, 1946 and she survives.

James, Robert M.Robert served his country during World War II with the US Air Force. Following his military service and in younger years, Robert worked in construction. His main employment was with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as a heavy equipment operator from where he retired in 1982. He was a devoted husband and father to his five children.

Surviving Bob, in addition to his wife, Leora, are five children – Sandy DeRita and her husband, Joseph of Fort Wayne, IN; Phyllis Gawlinski and her husband, Larry of Venango; Duane James of Conneautville; Don James and his wife, Sandy of Cambridge Springs; and Daryl James and his wife, Sally of Meadville. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren – Darlene Blahut, Tonya Bailey, Chris Richards, Heather Brizendine, Amanda Caswell, Leanne Keppler, Bob Gawlinski, Gary James, Robbie Petruso, Shannon Parish, Derrick James, Scott Hatten, and Jennifer Wilkinson. Included also are 18 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death in addition to his parents by a half sister – Myrtle Kuhn.

Private visitation and private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75851, Topeka, KS 66675.