The campus community mourns the passing of James Earnest, who died on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. James retired from his custodial position in 2015 after 22 years of service to the University.
James’ wife, Roberta “Bobbie”, also retired from Bucknell in 2015, and James’ two sisters, Tresha Brobst and Michelle Husam, currently work in the Facilities department.
Included below is the complete text of the obituary, as provided by the family.
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On behalf of our entire University community, I extend our deepest sympathies to James’ family, as well as to all who knew him at Bucknell.
John C. Bravman
James L. Earnest, 69, of Milton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
Born in Lewisburg on Feb. 2, 1951, he was the son of the late Paul and Betty Earnest and Doris (Lyons) Cope. He was married to the former Roberta Wallize and together they celebrated 41 years of marriage.
James was a 1969 graduate of Lewisburg High School and had served in the USMC during the Vietnam War. He had worked for Pennsylvania House, Milton Shoe Factory and Bucknell University retiring in 2015. He was a member of the New Berlin American Legion.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Joshua Earnest of Milton; and four sisters, Linda Stover and her husband Jack of Lewisburg, Tresha Brobst and her husband Jack of Mifflinburg, Michelle Husam of Milton and Crystal Keller of Sunbury.
He was preceded in death by a son, Brock Earnest.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by the Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St., Milton.
Condolences may be shared at www.shawfuneralhomeinc.com.