James Nagle Jr.

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James J. Nagle Jr., 73, of Woodbourne Road, Dimock, passed away at his home on August 11, 2011 after battling osteoarthritis complications in his legs and spinal column.

James (Jim) was born in Ashley on November 10, 1937. He was the son of the late James J. and Anna (Paskaitis) Nagle Sr.

Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958. He was a graduate of Bloomsburg University and attained his PhD in Genetics from North Carolina State University. He taught in the Biology Department at Drew University in Madison, N.J., for 32 years before retiring in 1999.

After retiring, Jim devoted his time to enjoying the plants and wildlife at his home and sharing his profound love of nature with others. He developed three miles of scenic trails and spent much of his time photographing the animals and flowers he found there. He delighted his extensive list of friends and nature enthusiasts by emailing his photographs to them, often including educational tidbits or poetry that he found or wrote himself.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years of marriage, the former Debbra Lynn Johnson; his son Douglas J. Nagle of Drexel Hill, and his son Matthew R. Nagle of Ashley. Also surviving are his sister, Claire Ann Roberts, of Ashley; two grandchildren; and one nephew.

A blessing service for Jim will be held on Saturday, August 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 North Main Street, Ashley PA 18706. Family and friends may call on Saturday from 2 p.m. until time of service, at which time they will be invited to share their brief and favorite memories about Jim.

A second memorial service will be held on August 21 at 1 p.m. in the lower level of the Inn at Montrose, located at 458 South Main St., Montrose, PA 18801. Friends may call on Sunday from noon until time of service, at which time they will be invited to share their brief and favorite memories about Jim.

Per Jim's request, the family will release the ashes in a private ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to either The Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 (please specify The Woodbourne Sanctuary), or to The Montrose Restoration Committee, P.O. Box 161, Montrose, PA 18801.

Published in Susquehanna County Independent from Aug. 17 to Aug. 23, 2011