Richard W. James, an accountant for Carborundum Co., died Sunday in Blodgett Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich., after a brief illness. He was 85.
Mr. James was born in Niagara Falls and attended local schools and Niagara University.
He married Marion Goetz on March 18, 1942. She died May 26, 2002.
Mr. James served in the Army from 1942 to 1946 as a communications specialist in the Aleutians and in Normandy.
He went back to Niagara University after his discharge from the Army and graduated in 1946 from its School of Business Administration.
Mr. James was an accountant for Carborundum in Niagara Falls for eight years, then for several Buffalo businesses and retired in 1984 from John Prozeralik Enterprises in Niagara Falls.
He was a member of Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church in Niagara Falls, where he was an elder and past treasurer.
He was also a charter member of the Niagara Chapter, National Association of Accountants, and a past president and 30-year member of the Buffalo Chapter of the Administrative Management Society, receiving various awards. In 1984, he was the first member to receive the Ambassador Award.
Mr. James was a former member of Niagara Frontier Country Club and enjoyed golfing and traveling.
He moved to Michigan last year to live with his daughter, Linda J. Johnson of Cadillac.
Other survivors include a twin brother, Robert L. of Niagara Falls; a sister, Marion J. McRae of Dallas; three grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Hardison Funeral Home, North Fourth and Ridge streets, Lewiston.