James R. Durborow

Oct 4 1947
Sep 14 2023 (75 years old)
Arlington, VA

The tapestry of life is rich with vibrant threads, each representing a person’s story, their memories, and the impact they’ve left behind. It is with a profound sense of loss and deep reverence that we share the passing of James R. Durborow. Aged 75, this resilient soul from East Fallowfield, PA, departed on Thursday, September 14, 2023, leaving behind a rich legacy.

Celebrating 44 beautiful years of marital bliss with his dear wife, Sue (Haines) Durborow, Jim was a beacon of love and dedication. Born in Coatesville, he was the cherished son of John V. Durborow and Margarite “Peg” (McCorkle) Durborow.

A brave heart, Jim valiantly served the nation during the Vietnam War, earning numerous commendations, including the illustrious Purple Heart. Following his service, he devoted 33 years to the Philadelphia Electric Company. On retiring, his entrepreneurial spirit took flight as he helmed Veteran Construction and Utility Services, Inc for two fruitful decades.

With faith as his anchor, Jim was a devout member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The community of Coatesville greatly benefited from his spirited involvement, be it coaching baseball, leading the Caln Baseball League, mentoring in the Boy Scouts, or contributing to East Fallowfield Township’s Planning Commission.

Jim’s legacy is fondly carried forward by his loving family, comprising five children, eight grandchildren, a great grandchild, and two brothers. Among them, Jana Laepple from Hamburg, Germany holds a special place, transitioning from an exchange student to being considered family. A void has been left with the demise of his sister, Nancy Hiltebeitel.

On Friday, September 29th, we invite you to join us in celebrating Jim’s remarkable life at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Coatesville. Following the visitation and service, a private inurnment will be held at the prestigious Arlington National Cemetery.

In Jim’s memory, rather than flowers, consider a gesture that continues his legacy: a donation to David’s Drive, The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, or Petals Please. Jim’s spirit of service, love, and commitment will forever resonate in our hearts.

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