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James Franklin Mentzer, 71, of Chippewa Township, formerly of Shenango Township, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at Temple University Hospital.
Born Dec. 26, 1945, in New Castle, he was a son of the late Jack and Bess Kemp Mentzer.
A 1964 graduate of Shenango Area High School, Jim worked for the Ellwood City Forge Corporation for 37 years, starting as a tool grinder and retiring as a purchasing agent in 2004.
Jim was a lifelong member of the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder and clerk of session.
He belonged to the Masonic Lodge 599 of Ellwood City and the New Castle Consistory.
An outdoor enthusiast, Jim loved nature. He had a particular love for fishing, which led him to making his own lures and establishing his own small business.
Enjoying the simple things in life, Jim enjoyed his family and his Wednesday morning breakfasts with "the guys."
Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Billie McConahy Mentzer; their children, Jamey (Jared) Mentzer of Hopewell and Autumn (Jeff) Cairns of Monaca; his sisters, Patricia Carnahan of Hemet, California, and Molly Agostino and Barbara Tartaglione, both of New Wilmington; numerous nieces and nephews; his grandchildren, Nolan and Avery Cairns; and his faithful canine companion, Roxy.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Russell and Jack Mentzer.
Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City.
Visiting hours will also be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church, officiated by the Rev. Julia Williamson. Masonic Service will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions me made to Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church.
The family asks that friends, family and loved ones consider registering as an organ donor. Jim passed away while awaiting a single lung transplant. The possibility of organ transplantation filled his final days here on Earth with hope.
Online condolences may be offered at marshallsfh.com.
Published on August 30, 2017
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