James H. Means (1923 - 2014)

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James H. Means, 91, passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at Golden Living in Clarion.
He and his twin brother John W. Means were born April 9, 1923, in Punxsutawney a son of the late William B. and Ethel Sutter Means.
Jim was a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Army.
In 1947 he married Betty Lingenfelter Means. She survives and resides in Punxsutawney.
He was a co-owner with his brothers of Means Brothers Construction Company.
He was a member of the Valier United Methodist Church.
Mr. Means also was a member of The John W. Jenks Masonic Temple # 534 of Punxsutawney and the Jaffa Temple Shrine. He was a past Exulted Ruler at the B.P.O. Elks.
He was a member of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, serving as President for 10 years, during which time he met with President Reagan at the White House, and was President at the debut of the movie "Groundhog Day." He loved spreading the story of Punxsutawney Phil.
He is also survived by one son, James A. Means of Punxsutawney; and one daughter, Diana M. Gemmell and husband, Edward, of Valier; seven grandchildren: Heath Means and wife, Gwen, Johanna Means, Kaylynn Means, Andrew Means, Eric Gemmell and wife, Cheryl, Rob Gemmell and wife, Cindy, and Allen Gemmell; seven great-grand children: Danielle Means; Kacie Means; Heath Means Jr.,
Andrea and John Gemmell. Rocky and Abby Gemmel; one sister, Bonnalyn Carr of Charlotte, N.C.; one sister-in-law, Louise Means of Valier; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Daniel Means; and two brothers, William J. Means; and his twin, John J. Means.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Punxsutawney. A masonic service will be held at the funeral home at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor Bill Young.
Interment will follow at Valier Cemetery, Valier, where military honors will be accorded by the Jefferson County Honor Guard.
Online condolences may be made at www.shumakerfh.com.
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Shumaker Funeral Home Inc
115 E Union St
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
(814) 938-5421
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Published in The Courier Express from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2014
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