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James Joseph Gregor

"The Oliver Man" James J. Gregor, 70 years old, went to be with the Lord and find comfort on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at UPMC Hamot. He died from emphysema, COPD and ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome). He was born on December 6, 1941 at the Stem Memorial Hospital, Union City, Pa. His parents were the late John and Lydia Blazius Gregor. He graduated from Wattsburg High School, class of 1959. He married Joyce Hinkler Gregor on April 22, 1961. They had gone together since high school, in the tenth grade, and were married for over 51 years. Jim worked many jobs over the years. He worked for his brother Robert Gregor Masonry Construction, Union City, the fertilizer plant, Kimmy & Bambaugh, Wiggers Farm Equipment, and Paul Graham Potatoes. While he was working part-time in his younger years, he was also taking care of his parents and running the family dairy farm with his wife, and later, his son and daughter. He retired from milking cows at the end of 2008. The farm had been purchased in 1914 by his grandparents, Martin and Marie Gregor. He wanted to live to see the farm turn 100 years old in 2014, but God had other plans. Jim was well known for his Oliver tractors, all 15 of them. When Oliver owners needed answers to questions for buy, fixing, or seeking parts, they always contacted him. Jim and his son Jason enjoyed working together in the shop repairing tractors, even changing motors, they liked challenges, until Jim's health required him to be on oxygen. At one time, they had a puller Oliver tractor and went to fairs. He was a former member of the Hatch Hollow Baptist Church, of which his grandfather was one of the original founders. He had belonged to the PA Farm Bureau, Dairy Herd Improvement Association and the Dairy Farmers of America. He also like NASCAR races, football and Willy Nelson's music. In his younger years, he like to sing. Jim was so proud of his granddaughters' school achievements and also of his grandsons' help on the farm, making hay to sell. Along with his wife, he is survived by his son Jason Gregor and his wife Janet, his daughter Jody Cass and her husband Eric, grandchildren Jordan and Jenna Gregor, and Ben, Klinton, and Kyle Cass, all of Union City, Pa., and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert Gregor, and sisters Ruth Whitman and Nancy Drayer, also his grandparents Martin and Marie Gregor and Mary Blazius. Thank you to Dr. Robert Rodak, Dr. Beard and the nurses at UPMC Hamot for your care and compassion while Jim was a patient there. Friends are invited to call at the Robert M. Glenn Funeral Home, Inc., 62 South Main Street, Union City, Pa., on Thursday, November 29, 2012, from 2-4 and 7- 9 p.m., and to attend funeral services there on Friday, November 30, 2012 with Rev. Dale Bartholomew and Rev. Audron Seymour officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Union City, Pa. Memorials in Jim's memory may be sent to the Wattsburg Bible Baptist Church, 14425 Wattsburg Street, Wattsburg, PA 16442.


Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 29, 2012
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