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1947 James 2020

James "Jim" Charles Williams

October 10, 1947 — July 17, 2020



James “Jim” Charles Williams

Proud United States Marine Corps Veteran -

James “Jim” Charles Williams, age 72, of Mechanicsburg, and formerly of Hughestown, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020.  Jim was born on Friday, October 10, 1947, in Pittston to the late James Williams and Irene (Ruane) Williams.  In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his sister, Mary who died at birth.

Jim is survived by his wife of 48 years, Colleen Mary (McDonald) Williams; his daughter Katie Brundage and husband Dave and their children Harrison and Claire of Bel Air, MD; his son Brian Williams of Minneapolis, MN; and his two brothers: John Williams and wife Karen of Lakewood, CO, Joe Williams and wife Diane of Lake Ariel, PA.

Jim graduated from St. John’s High School in Pittston as part of the class of 1965 and from King’s College in Wilkes Barre in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree.  He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War where he received a Purple Heart in 1968.  Jim retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry in Harrisburg, after more than 35 years of service working as a system analyst.  He was a member of the Lower Allen VFW Post 7530 in Mechanicsburg and an avid fan of both the New York Yankees and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

All are welcome to join Jim’s family for his virtual committal service via video chat or telephone on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  with Celebrant Patti Vogl officiating.  Cremation was private.

While Jim’s family will not be accepting flowers, they invite those wishing to celebrate Jim’s life to make a memorial contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250,

Jim’s family has entrusted his care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Jim’s full obituary, view his memorial video, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign his official guest book by visiting


Virtual Gathering via Video Chat

Family and friends are welcome to join Jim's family via video chat or telephone on Thursday, July 23, 2020, beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

We use Zoom for internet video chat and telephone conference calling.  There is no charge for you to participate.  Simply click on the link below or dial the telephone number below to be connected to the event.

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Join by telephone:   415-762-9988   or   646-568-7788   and enter meeting number 812 4678 9965

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