Thursday, March 26, 2009

James L. Trayers Jr. Army Colonel

James L. Trayers Jr., 81, a retired Army colonel who served in Korea and Vietnam, died March 11 at his home in Alexandria. He had cardiovascular disease.

Col. Trayers spent more than 23 years in the Army before retiring in 1983 after serving as the deputy chief of staff for engineering and housing in the capital region. Before that, he was deputy director of military programs in the Office of the Chief of Engineers.

James Leo Trayers Jr. was a Boston native and a 1950 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He received a master's degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University in 1959 and a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri in 1968.

He received two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, two awards of the Joint Service Commendation Medal and three awards of the Army Commendation Medal.

His marriage to JoAnn Bittner Trayers ended in divorce.

Survivors include nine children, James L. Trayers III of Kitty Hawk, N.C., Pamela Williams of Heidelberg, Germany, Matthew Trayers of Berryville, Va., Timothy Trayers of Alexandria and Michael Trayers, Daniel Trayers, Joseph Trayers, Anthony Trayers and Edward Trayers, all of Springfield; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

-- Lauren Wiseman

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