James William Powers, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 13, following a wonderful life spent with his beloved family and friends, including the Compound.
Born on January 25, 1932, in Pittsburgh, PA, Jim was the son of James and Beatrice Powers. He was a paper delivery boy for the Pittsburgh Press, a record apple picker at Treesdale Farm and small game hunter in his youth. He attended Mars High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Duquesne University. Jim was in the Army ROTC and received a regular officer's commission, going on to serve in the field artillery as a first lieutenant in Germany.
On June 9, 1962, Jim married Mary Ann Beezer in Philipsburg, PA. They have five children: Patrick (Lisa Rosellini), Kathleen (David Humiston) Bridget (William Bartlebaugh), Michael (Justine Reed) and Terry. He was fondly known as "Poppy" to his 12 grandchildren: Noelle Rosellini, and Nichole and Katie Powers; Aaron and Emily Humiston; Riley, Jimmy and Terry Bartlebaugh; Hannah, Jacob and Isabella Powers; and Finn Powers.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Ann; sister Mary; and brother Bob.
Jim worked at Penn State University for 32 years, beginning in 1967 in various positions, including serving as the financial officer in several colleges. He retired as the university's assistant controller in 1999.
An involved community member, Jim served as the first treasurer of the Philipsburg YMCA; the first treasurer of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts; and secretary/treasurer of the Philipsburg Country Club for 18 years. He was secretary for the Philipsburg Rotary and served 10 years as treasurer for Rep. Lynn Herman's Election Campaign Committee.
Jim's hobbies included golfing, hunting, fishing, watching his grandchildren play sports, playing poker, and going to the "Camp" – the Herder Spring Lodge of which he was a founding member. He was an avid fan of Penn State football and wrestling, enjoying many years of tailgating with friends and family.
A memorial mass will be held at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Philipsburg, PA, on Saturday Aug. 28, at 11 AM. The family will host a celebration of Jim's life, immediately following the service, at Eagle Creek Lodge in Port Matilda, PA.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Jim's name to the Moshannon Valley YMCA of Centre County, P.O. Box 426, Philipsburg, PA, 16866.
Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College, PA. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.