James Elroy Morean, 88, of Erie Ave., 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.
James was a member of the 1942 graduating class of Austin. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. 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, he formed his own company, J & B Specialties, consulting for many area companies, including Metal Powder Products, Zippo, and Caldwell.
He served the Austin United Methodist Church as Sunday School Superintendent, Lay Minister and Trustee; the Austin School Board as treasurer; and was a Boy Scout leader. A lifetime beekeeper, he continued keeping bees, reading and refining his craft.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, a daughter, Lynn Miller (Brad) of Rochester, and two sons, James Morean of Austin and Alan (Cindy) Morean of St. Marys; four granddaughters, Julie, Abby, Sarah, and Shannon; a 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.
Funeral services for James Elroy Morean will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, on Friday, March 15 at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Chris Kindle, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be in the Newton Cemetery in Emporium.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 12 p.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 140 N. St. Marys Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be placed at www.LynchGreen.com .