james getgen obit.jpg

JERSEY SHORE - James L. Getgen, 83, of Jersey Shore died on Friday, November 29, 2019 at the Gatehouse.

Born September 30, 1936 in Rauchtown, PA, he was the son of Charles L. Getgen and the former Viola Mae Smith.

Jim honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps from June 10, 1954 until he was honorably discharged in June 9, 1957. For many years Jim was employed by Hammermill and International Paper Co. He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Jersey Shore Elks, Legion and Loyal Order of Moose. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, darts and playing pool. He loved Penn State and Steelers Fooball, and was a fan and loyal supporter of Lady Dawgs Softball.

Jim is survived by his wife the former June E. Truax. They were united in marriage November 28, 1981. Also surviving are 2 sons Jan L. (Wanda) Getgen of Jersey Shore, Rodney D. (Mary) Meckley of Neodesha, Kansas; 6 daughters, Jill L. (Robert) Watson of Rauchtown, Sherry M Teneyck of Rauchtown, Shelby M. (Louie) Helms of Westfield, Wisc., Terri L. (Charles) Long of Baltimore, Md., Sandra J. (John) Jenkins of Avis and Kelly A. (George) Breon of Jersey Shore; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 12:00 noon at the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home 125 N. Main Street in Jersey Shore. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. Thursday until time of services at Welker Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. Kerry Aucker will officiate.

Burial will be in the Twin Hills Memorial Park with full military honors conducted by the Jersey Shore Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions be made in his name to the Gatehouse Unit at Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, Pa. 17701.