James L. McCreary, 85, Korea vet, worked at Armstrong, Lititz Visitors Center volunteer

By on January 24, 2018

James L. McCreary, 85, of Lititz, passed away on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at Lancaster General Hospital after an illness.

He was the husband of Barbara J. Keech McCreary, his high-school sweetheart with whom he shared 62 years of marriage this past May 21. Born in Altoona, he was the son of the late James L. and Rose Marie Roesch McCreary.

He was a graduate of Altoona Catholic High School and then was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served during the Korean War with the 2nd Armored Division in Germany. After his discharge, he attended Penn State University and graduated with an associate’s degree in electrical design. James then worked for Armstrong World Industries as an electrical designer for 33 years. After he retired in 1997, he worked for Manheim Auto Auction, volunteered for Meals On Wheels of Lititz, and at the Lititz Visitors Center. He was a Word War II history fan and was known as a happy, jolly soul.

In addition to his wife, Barbara, he is survived by his children: Linda McCreary DenBraven of Coatesville; and Patrick J., married to Carina McCreary of Kinzers; three grandchildren: Scott, Carolyn, and Michael; and his great-grandson: Tyler. He is also survived by his sister: Dolores, married to Jack Burket of Altoona.

James was preceded in death by his brother: Donald (Margaret); and his sister: Shirley (Bob) Mitchell.

Services will be private with interment in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in James’ memory to Meals On Wheels of Lititz, c/o Lititz Church of The Brethren, 300 W. Orange St., Lititz, PA 17543.

To send an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

About mhunnefield

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *