MIFFLINTOWN - James R. "Jim" Diven Sr., 78, of Mifflintown, died at 4:10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at his home.
Born on May 2, 1936, in Armagh Township, Mifflin County, he was a son of the late George L. and Esther (Rhoades) Diven. On May 12, 1955, he married his surviving wife, Shirley A. (Leahy) Diven, with whom he shared nearly 59 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, James R. Diven Jr. and his wife, Jean, Larry E. Diven and his wife, Lori, and Pamela S. Specht, all of Mifflintown, and Michael W. Diven and companion, Kimberly A. Walmer, of Harrisburg; one brother, Ross Franklin Diven and his wife, Oshie, of Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister, Patricia Ann Johnson, of Lewistown; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry L. Diven and Robert E. Diven, and two sisters, Gladys Bowen and Mary E. Zeigler.
James was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mifflintown and was a licensed minister in the Southern Baptist Church. He also served as the mayor of Port Royal for four years.
Mr. Diven, whose career in the military spanned more than two decades, proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He first served in the U.S. Army with the 101st airborne div. and later reenlisted in the U.S. Air Force until his retirement. After retiring from the military, he retired as a computer analyst from the Navy Depot, Mechanicsburg.
Being an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed camping and hunting deer. His greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchil- dren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, with the Pastor Ronald Shupe officiating. After the service, interment will be in the Adams Cemetery, Mifflintown, where the Juniata County Veterans Council will accord full military burial honors.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2014, at the funeral home.
For those who wish, memorial donations in Mr. Diven's memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Mifflintown, 23964 state Route 35 North, Mifflintown, PA 17059.