James E. Avery

June 20th, 2015 12:04 pm

First Posted: 3/7/2012

James E. Avery, 67, of Clarks Summit, died upon arrival Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Geisinger Community Medical Center.

He had been married to the former Juliet Zigon, Archbald.

Born June 7, 1944, in Scranton, he was the son of the late Edgar S. and the late Delna Spangenberg Avery. A lifelong Clarks Summit resident, he was a 1963 graduate of Clarks Summit-Abington High School. He honorably served in the Army Reserve.

He had been employed by Clarks Summit borough for more than 30 years and was assistant foreman of the Department of Public Works. A heavy-equipment operator, he more recently was an operator for Interstate Safety, Clarks Summit.

Jim was always helpful to others during his years working in Clarks Summit and was known by many as "Sam."

He was often seen working in his garden that he kept meticulous. He had a great love for history and was considered a history buff, and his passion was handcrafting and building models of heavy equipment and Army tanks from World Wars I and II. He leaves behind his two precious cats, MacArthur and Patton. His gentle smile will be missed.

Also surviving an aunt, Delores Stickler, Scranton; cousins, Clarajean Hedman and husband, Gary; Linda Kneisel and Fred Kneisel, all of Moscow; and John Kneisel and wife, Aridia Scranton.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph; and an aunt, Dorothy Kneisel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411. To send an online condolence, visit www.jenningscalvey.com.