The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

March 13, 2013

James V. Browning

NORTH FORT MYERS, FLA. — BROWNING – James “Jim” V., North Fort Myers, Fla., and formerly of Johnstown, passed away suddenly March 10, 2013, following surgery at Cleveland Clinic of Florida.  Born Aug. 7, 1932, in Johnstown, son of Harland J. and Georgia C. (Stemple) Browning. Preceded in death by parents; sisters, Blanche Slippy and Barbara Fleegle; and brothers, Glenn and John Browning. Survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, former Betty Rager; children, Randy, Johnstown, married to Cheryl (Aventi); Debra, married to Thomas Burkey, South Fork; and Roger, Ashburn, Va., married to Kimberly (Baur); grandchildren, Mandy Burkey and Thomas and Tanner Browning; brother, Swan Browning; and sisters, Vashti Cosgrove, Alice Rogers and Loretta Hunt. Most recently Jim lived at Fountain View Park in Florida enjoying life in a caring, active community and participated in numerous social activities. Jim retired after more than 30 years at Bethlehem Steel Rod  & Wire Division and moved to Florida. At one time, Jim had a barber shop in Benshoff Hill, and he barbered for over 50 years. Jim enjoyed hunting and spending time with family.  He was an avid ice hockey fan.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.  He was an IOOF member of Alma Lodge 523 and William F. Packer Encampment 127, and was a past grand patriarch of the Grand Encampment of Pennsylvania. Family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hindman Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc., 146 Chandler Ave., Johnstown, Pa. 15906. Friends also will be received from 10 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren, 856 Benshoff Hill Road, Johnstown, Pa. 15906, the Rev. Terry Gindlesperger, officiating. Interment, Benshoff Hill Cemetery.  Graveside military rights will be performed by the Menoher Post 155 Ritual Team. Memorial contributions may be given to the Epilepsy Foundation. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.com.

 

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