James F. B. Myers, 76, of 14 Weavers
Lane Catawissa PA and also Tucson Arizona died Sunday April 6 2008 in St.
Joseph’s Hospital Tucson Arizona. He was born in a farmhouse on April 15
1931 in Riverside PA the son of the late James B. and Lorraine Black Myers.
Bud’s life was quite an adventure. He
grew up in Danville and after graduating from Danville High School he joined
the Air Force. After a year in the Air Force he traveled day and night by
bus from Texas to marry his high school sweetheart, Shirley Baylor on Aug
16, 1950. The next day they were back on a bus, and spent 3 days going back
to Texas. Not exactly a great way to spend a honeymoon. But with 58 years
together, guess they had a thing or two figured out about marriage. In the
Air Force Bud rose to senior master sergeant in only 11 years, which is
unheard of in today’s world. He worked on everything from the B52 bombers to
the A10 warthog, gatlin guns to nuclear weapons. His travels took him all
over the world including England, Morocco, Germany, and France. In the
states, he lived in Ga, NC, La, ND, and Ohio. Not bad for a farm boy from
Danville. Bud was deeply committed to this country. His sacrifice was
evident when he left his family to go TDY to Guam for 6 months during the
Vietnam era. He came back for 7 days and was off to Thailand for another 13
months. After 30 years of commitment and sacrifice Bud retired as a chief
master sergeant and began living in Tucson, Arizona. Although he lived all
over the world his heart remained in Danville.
His family used to say, “Pennsylvania
is in his blood”, so in 1991, with the death of his father he moved back to
Danville and began restoring the 50-year-old home on Diehl St where he grew
up. Bud was a master “fixer-upper” and his handiwork was evident to
anyone who came to visit. Bud was in his glory when his hair was full of
sawdust. And he was always willing to lend a hand to friends and family. He
lived in the restored home, for 6 months each year, for the next 12 years.
When the stairs became too much he sold the old homestead and bought another
home in Catawissa. He just couldn’t get away from this area.
He leaves behind a loving wife Shirley,
a son, James R. and two beautiful granddaughters, Krysta and Angeli, and his
daughter in-law Cheryl R (“his favorite daughter”).
Bud was preceded in death by his
brother and sister, Daniel H A and D’esta M. His brother, Tomas DA is a
longtime resident of Bloomsburg, Pa.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services to be held on
Monday, April 14th at 11 am at the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc 10
W Mahoning St Danville Pa, with Pastor John W. Peters Danville Seventh Day
Adventist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery
Danville PA. Friends will be received from 10 am until the time of
service. Memorial contributions may be given in Bud’s name to
The American Lung
Association, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006 Call: 212/315-8700.
Bud touched and enriched many lives. Somewhere in the heavens there
is a special star with his name.