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James L. Earnest

1951 - 2020

James L. Earnest, 69, of Milton passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Lewisburg on February 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.  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.



Dearest “Mom,”

Words cannot truly express my deepest love and condolences in the passing of your Jim. It took Meghan and I by surprise a bit because he seemed to be hanging in there. Please know that we love and adore you and are holding you in our prayers and hearts during such a difficult time.

Sending as many hugs as you can handle (and then even more),
Janelle xoxo

Bobbi so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and the family. Jim and my Gene were cousins. And joined the Marines at the same time. So sad they are gone but together now. Prayers and hugs to you. If you need me just call, I am close by. Love Darlene

Hi Bobbi,
So sorry to hear of Jim passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Take care.


Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Gary

Bobbi so sorry to hear about Jim he was such a good friend always had a smile an made me laugh rip my dear friend Linda p

My heartfelt condolences for your loved one.
Prayers for you and your family.

Dear Bobbi,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family
during this difficult time.
Mick Smyer

Dear Bobbi,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. It must be very difficult to lose your life's partner at this time that is already challenging. I'm keeping you in the light of love.
Janice (from Art)

Bobbi, I was so sorry to read about Jim's passing. I appreciated the moments and hugs we had some time ago at Weis. Know that those same hugs and prayers are with you now too! We've shared many things through the years, anniversaries, smiles, sad and hard times, and some laughs. Know that I am sharing my love and sympathy now too!
Love, Mary Jane and Mel

"Earnie" was one of the first kids I met when my family moved to Lewisburg in 1962. Since I was new in town, one of his buddies (we were all 11 or 12 then) decided to push me around. But Jim stopped that before it got out of hand. That's something I've always remembered, and when I saw him a few years after he returned from Viet Nam (he was working at Pennsylvania House by then), I told him that story. He was a tough guy who was blessed with a heart.

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