ST. MARYS - James Elroy Morean, 88, of Erie Avenue, St. Marys, departed the earthly realm on Tuesday (March 12, 2013).
He was born on Nov. 18, 1924, to the late Adelbert and Lina Lockwood Morean, who were from Austin. On May 15, 1948, he married Betty Huston Morean, who survives.
Mr. Morean was a member of the 1942 graduating class of Austin. James served in the U.S. Army during World War II
. He worked for 42 years at Sylvania, where he served a four-year apprenticeship for tool and die maker in the machine shop, and later transferred to the machine design department. He went on to receive a Certificate in Engineering from Scranton College and received many patents for mechanical design. After retirement, James formed his own company, J&B Specialties, consulting for many area companies including Metal Powder Products, Zippo Manufacturing Co., and Caldwell.
James served the Austin United Methodist Church as Sunday School superintendent, lay minister and trustee; the Austin School Board as treasurer; and a Boy Scout leader. A lifelong beekeeper, James continued keeping bees, reading and refining his craft.
In addition to his wife, he is also survived by three children, a daughter, Lynn Miller (Brad) of Rochester, N.Y.; two sons, James Morean of Austin and Alan (Cindy) Morean of St. Marys; four granddaughters, Julie, Abby, Sarah and Shannon; one grandson, Casey; and two great-grandchildren, Timothy and Rebekah.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Etta and a brother, Harry.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, at which time and location funeral services will be held with the Rev. Chris Kindle, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Newton Cemetery in Emporium.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 140 N. St. Marys Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be made at www.LynchGreen.com