2011-09-15 / Obituaries

James Stanley Askins

Wells Tannery, 79

James Stanley Askins, 79, Wells Tannery, Pa,, died Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at Fulton County Medical Center, Mc- Connellsburg, following a lengthy illness from cancer.

He was born in Roscoe, Pa., one of 10 children of the late William Clair and Agnes Sloan Askins.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Griffith Askins, of Wells Tannery; a son, Glen R. Askins, of Charles City, Va.; and daughter Lori D.Vento Chicago, Ill.; son-in-law Jonathon J. Vento; daughter- in- law Stephanie A. Askins; two grandchildren: Kara D. Wilson and Kylie E. Vento; two great-grandchildren: Kameron I. Dunn and Richard Rhys Wilson; eight brothers and sisters: William “Pete” Askins, Arthur “Dude” Askins, Edwinna Thompson, Bart Askins, Mary Jane Rice, Raymond Askins, Don Askins, and Agnes Atkins; and many, many nieces and nephews.

A sister, Patty Jo Lawson, preceded him in death.

He served in the U.S. Marines and the Korean War and was a recipient of numerous commendations.

He retired from United States Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS), in 1988. During his 26- year career, he had many accomplishments, most noted: In 1977 he established and became chief of the Williamsport Preservation Training Center, in Williamsport, Md. The center was designed and provided a comprehensive handson craft training program for cultural resource and maintenance service personnel in the conservation/ preser-vation of historic structures throughout the Dept. of Interior. Under his leadership, major preservation/ restor-ation projects were completed at: Grand Canyon, Harpers Ferry, Olympic, Cape Hatteras, Antietam Battlefield, C & O Canal, Gettysburg and Yellowstone, to mention only a few. In 1988, as a result of his leadership and historic preservation talents, he was selected to represent the NPS in India on the Taj Mahal National Cultural Park Project. He was an active participant as part of a binational planning team from the U.S. and India to preserve this important cultural symbol of India. Today, the Preservation Trades Network Association recognizes Jim with an annual award ( Askins Achievement Award) to the outstanding individual for extraordinary contributions in the preservation trades.

He was a loving husband and father. He and Janet would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on September 14. After retirement, they moved to Wells Tannery, where they enjoyed traveling, hunting and fishing.

A memorial service was held Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Knobsville United Methodist Church, at 11 a.m. Pastor Ken Grundon officiated.

To honor Jim’s memory, the family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Fulton County Medical Center Foundation, at 214 Peach Orchard Road, McConnellsburg, PA 17233, for the outstanding care and service he received while a patient and more recently as a resident in the long-term care unit.

Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home Inc. will be handling the services. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kelso-corneliusfuneralhome.com.

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