James Arthur Ecelberger, 84, of Foxburg area, Punxsutawney, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born at home in Gaskill Township on November 22, 1935, a son of the late James Henry Ecelberger and Lucille Prudence (Davis) Ecelberger.
Jim was a graduate of (Big Run High School??) in 1953. He later went on to study Mechanical Engineering at Maryland State University.
Mr. Ecelberger was a member of the United States Army from 1958 To 1960 spending much of that time in Germany.
On September 1, 1963, he married the love of his life, Judith Ann Means. Together they enjoyed fifty-six years of marriage.
Jim worked for Lee Simpson Associates in DuBois as a Draftsman for over thirty-five years.
He was a lifetime member of the NRA, former member/instructor of the DuBois Rifle and Pistol Club. He loved to go to the Twin Oaks hunting camp in Rockton, which his grandfather helped to build in the 1930’s. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and especially enjoyed the Lake Erie fishing boat. His daily enjoyments included watching the deer, turkey and birds from his back porch at home.
Jim was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his wife, children and grandchildren and siblings.
In addition to his wife Judy, he is survived by two sons, Scott A. Ecelberger and wife Amy of Woodbine, Maryland and Doug Ecelberger and wife Jenny of Punxsutawney; three grandchildren, Megan Eberhart and husband Adam, Stephanie Uplinger and fiancé Roman Peorio, and Benjamin Ecelberger; three great grandchildren, Maisie Eberhart, Aryia Burkett and Oakley Eberhart; one brother, Dennis Ecelberger and wife Mary Jane of Rossiter; five sisters, Diane Bish and husband Ken of Beavercreek, Ohio, Susan Passmore and husband Marty of Cherry Corners, PA, Sharon Sutter of Westville, New Jersey, Sally Wells of Reynoldsville and Lorie Beercheck of Punxsutawney; two sister in-laws, Patty Ecelberger of Chambersburg, PA and Freda Ecelberger of Warren, PA; numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Dave, Jack and Tom Ecelberger; two brother in-laws, Albert Wells and Don Sutter.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. Arrangements entrusted to Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Big Run.
His ashes will be interred at McClure Cemetery, Big Run.
Memorial donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the McClure Cemetery, PO Box 21, Big Run, PA 15715 or Big Run Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 315, Big Run, PA 15715
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