James Stanley Packard, 94, of 510 East Grand Avenue, Regency Pointe Retirement Community, Rainbow City, Ala., formerly of Greenville, Pa., passed away at 1:07 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden, Ala.
He was born in Pennsylvania on April 24, 1919, to the late James Alfred and Stella Emeline (McMillen) Packard.
James was affiliated with the Regency Pointe Church. He was also affiliated with the United Church of Christ, where he served as a trustee while living in Conneaut, Ohio.
James graduated from Greenville High School in 1937. At Thiel College, he obtained a BS in Economics in 1942, and studied labor problems and industrial management. He was in the Army Air Forces from June 26, 1942, to October 21, 1945, and was a Staff Sergeant in the 417th Night Fighter Squadron. Decorations include an Eastern Service Medal with seven Bronze Stars
, a Good Conduct Medal and a Distinguished Unit Badge European African Middle. His military education included radio mechanic school. He grew up working in the family business, John A. Packard Plumbing and Heating Co. He then left the family business to work as a plant manager and safety engineer for the Astatic Corporation in Conneaut, Ohio. Before his official retirement, his last position was with the building department of the City of Davenport, Iowa. After his official retirement, he worked as the office manager for his wife's chiropractic practice in Troy, Ala.
His hobbies included photography, golf, bridge and jigsaw puzzles.
James was married to Mary Evaline (Lackey) Packard on February 18, 1950, and she preceded him in death on May 16, 2013.
He is survived by a daughter, Pamela Packard, and her husband, Henry Orphys, of Greenwich, Conn.; a son, Marcus Packard, and his wife, Carol, of Glenelg East, Australia; a grandson, Simon Packard of Glenelg East, Australia; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Osborne-Williams Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 73-75 Columbia Ave., Greenville, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., with Rev. Larry Raughley, family member, officiating.
Burial with committal prayers will follow the services at Shenango Valley Cemetery, Greenville, Pa.
An online guest book can be signed at www.osborne-williams.com.