James Clayton Kingston, 72, of Warren, PA. died peacefully surrounded by his family, Monday afternoon, March 23, 2020.
James was born October 7, 1947 in Meadville, PA. He was the son of Joseph R. and Norma L. Fuller Kingston. James was a 1965 graduate of Conneaut Valley High School and Gale Institute of Airline Training. In 1975 he earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Edinboro State University and attended grad school at Indiana University of Pennsylvania till 1979. James was a Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force and was a Nuclear Weapons Specialist from 1966 to 1970. He was employed with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as assistant manager, retiring in 2008.
He was a member of the Conneautville American Legion Post 615 and the Warren Moose Lodge 109. James was of the Protestant Faith. He is remembered as a great dad who loved his family, hunting, fishing, camping and watching his children play sports. He loved his 6 grandchildren. A Man who was honest, loved people and good conversation and wasn’t judgmental. He was a great writer and deep thinker. He loved education, music, poetry and cowboy hats. He had a style of his own. He loved showing people “Floyd the rattlesnake.” He would do just about anything to help those in need. He enjoyed the Arts, Travel and Adventure.
James is survived by his wife, Paula M. Vanek Kingston whom he married November 18, 1978, 3 Children – Dr. Jacob S. Kingston and wife, Holly, Samuel J. Kingston and wife, Jamie, Sarah M. Kingston Gartland and husband, Ben, 6 Grandchildren- Scarlett, Sylvie, Graham, Annie, Roman and Addison, 1 Brother -Jeffrey R. Kingston and wife, Marylynn, 1 Sister – Jolene M. Kingston, several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 Brother – Jerald L. Kingston.
Due to current restrictions with the Corona Virus, there will be no visitation observed and a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Warren, PA.
Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 1645 West 8th Street, Erie, PA. 16505.