James Earl Bennett, 78, of Ridgway, died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
He was born August 7, 1934 in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James Robert and Ella Grace (McQuown) Bennett.
On June 15, 1957 he married the former Diane Dunmire, and she survives.
Mr. Bennett worked at Airco Carbon in St. Marys and Punxsutawney. He served in the United States Army after the Korean Conflict. He loved the outdoors, fishing, camping.
He was fondly known as “Papa” by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he dearly loved. He was a loving and devoted husband and father.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Nancy Poy and husband Anthony of DuBois, Patti Bennett of DuBois, and James A. Bennett and fiancé Lisa Maruca of St. Marys; four grandchildren, James Allen Bennett, Jamie Lynn Eckert, Anthony Allen Poy, and Andrea Marie Poy; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, David Bennett and wife Dorothy of Ringgold, Henry Bennett and wife Jane of Rossiter, and Joseph Bennett of Phillipsburg; and two sisters, Emma Grace Snyder and husband Darrell of Reynoldsville, and Dee Jarbeck and husband Richard of Punxsutawney.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley.
A funeral service for James Earl Bennett will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney. Officiating will be Pastor Doug Wolfe.
Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home.
Friends will be received from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney.
Memorial donations may be made in Bennett’s memory to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.