He was born in Erie on March 21, 1926, a son of Myrtle (Barnes) and James M. Stinson. On April 21, 1956, in Rew, he married Mary (Harlan) Stinson who survives.
Mr. Stinson was a 1944 graduate of Bradford High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp on March 17, 1944, and served during World Ward II in the Pacific Theater, and stateside during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on May 12, 1951. He and his father co-owned the Tarport Inn. He then worked at Seaboard Financial Company, and later worked in the construction business. Prior to his retirement he worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.
He was a member of the US Marine Corps League, 1st Marine Division and the Marine Corp Heritage Center at Quantico, VA. He served on board for the McKean County Board of Assistance.
He enjoyed watching Bradford Area High School sports, including football and track events.
In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter, Mariann (Donald) McGuire of Erie and a son, James H. (Carmen) Stinson, of Laurel, Maryland; two children from a previous marriage, Barbara (Dan) Luciano of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Martha Zettle of Trattsville, Alabama. He is also survived by four grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Family will be receiving friends on Friday, January 4, 2013, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St., where funeral and committal services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013, with the Rev. David Bunnell, pastor of the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church officiating. Full Military Honors and Committal Services will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to Disabled American Veterans or the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church.
On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com