LEWISTOWN - On Father's Day, June 16, 2013, James Russell Reigle Jr. was met by our mother and others he loved as he entered into heaven. He was cherished by all of us who loved him and helped him make this journey.
Jim was born on Oct. 16, 1922, to Russell and Luella Reigle. He lived with his wife of 67 years, Betty Jean Hamler Reigle, on South Grand Street, Lewistown from 1942 when they married until her passing in 2010. Recently he moved to Elmcroft, in Reedsville, and quickly made wonderful friends he enjoyed.
Jim is survived by: his four children, James Earl Reigle and wife, Sue, of Lewistown, Sharon L. Semic and husband, Dan, of Harrisburg, Richard Allen Reigle and wife, Julie, of Yeagertown, and Robert Eugene Reigle and wife, Leslie, of Milroy.
James Russell Reigle Jr.
Also surviving the loss of their dearly loved grandfather are: Paula Pavone and husband, Fred, Beth DeLisle and husband, Maurice, Tricia Reigle, Greg Reigle, Cory Reigle and wife, Jenn, Alysha Knotts and husband, Jim, and Erik Reigle and wife, Dorene; great-grandchildren, Cole Bankus, Brent Shankweiler, Cortney Shankweiler, Kyle Carter, Shae Reigle, Brianna McNight, Quinn Pavone, Victoria Reigle, Denisha Reigle, Cory Reigle Jr., Desirea Knotts, Zoey Knotts, Alexis Knotts and Ryann Reigle; nephews, Chris Hamler and wife, Tracie, Brett Hamler and wife, Lisa; great-nephews, Jeremy, Tyler, Jeff and Nicholas Hamler; sister, Marion Coulter; brother-in-law, Richard Hamler; and sister-in-law, Charlene Hamler.
Jim was a World War II veteran, serving from 1943 to 1945 with the 259th Field Artillery in France, Belgium and Germany.
He worked at Penelec in Lewistown for more than 40 years as truck driver, lineman and crew clerk. For many of those years he worked alongside his son, Jim, brother-in-law, Earl Hamler Jr. and father-in-law, Earl Hamler Sr.
Jim was scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 102 for many years, an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and choir member. Jim was also a member of the VFW and Elks bands and was honored by the Penn Highland Band Boosters for his long time membership and service as their president.
He loved to travel with his wife in their motorhome. In the last several years, he kept a dream that he might be able to have a new motor coach to take his whole family on one last trip together.
Our father was a strong man in the face of many adversities. He was able to do anything he set his hand to and was always ready to help each of his kids with anything. He taught us how to face difficulty and persevere. He taught us not to fear what lies ahead and that family is a precious gift. We are forever grateful for his devotion to our mother during her long illness as he spent every day by her side.
Our father was loving and generous, with a wonderful sense of humor. He continually told everyone that he had a loving family and would remind us that no one had more fun than we did when we were all together.
We have been so blessed to have our father with us for 90 years. He faced his last days with peace, calm and ease with only thoughts for his children's welfare in mind. He will be missed beyond words. Because we have the faith our parents taught us, we look forward to the time when we will all embrace them again. What a rejoicing that will be!
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastors Kari Swigart and Randy Traxler officiating with a one-hour viewing prior to the service.
There will also be a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes Inc., Woodlawn, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown.
Interment, with VFW Post 7011 honors, will take place in Lind Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 428 S. Main St., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.hellerhoenstinefuneralhome.com.