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James L. Pauch


January 9, 2013


James L. Paugh, Sr., 91, a lifelong resident of Danville, passed peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Geisinger Medical Center. He was born February 2, 1921 in Danville, PA the son of the late Albert and Mary Fitzgerald Paugh.

Jim graduated from Danville High School in 1939 and continued to stay active with his class alumni by planning special events.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University.  Jim served for 3 years in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He was employed by Kennedy Van Saun, Danville, where he retired as plant engineer. During his employment at KVS, he was put on leave to engineer and construct the dikes and flood protection project for Danville after Mr. Fred Reedy, President of KVS, asked him if he could possibly keep KVS from flooding.  Because of this, Jim had a very instrumental part in Danville’s history by overseeing the first levee of the Danville dike system which included designing and securing funding for the project until its completion.    Jim was also entrepreneur and founder of Speedex Industries which began in 1967 and he stayed very active in the real estate development corporation until his passing.

Jim’s greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his family.

He was married to the Late Lois J. “Joanne” James Paugh who preceded him in death on June 23, 2012. Jim is survived by two daughters; Bonnie Sees and her husband Richard of Washingtonville, PA and Debra Cudmore of Washingtonville. He is also survived by one son; James L. Paugh, Jr. and his wife Linda of Danville. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Christopher Cudmore, Timothy Cudmore, Alyssa Paugh, Jessica Paugh and Jamie Paugh.  Also surviving are three great-grandsons, Hunter, Carter and Liam. 

Jim was a long time mentor to Charlie VanHorn whom he considered to be like another son.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Jim’s Life  to be held Saturday, January 12, 2013 at  12:00 PM at Visneski Funeral Home, Inc., 10 West Mahoning Street, Danville, PA with the Reverend Mary B. Schmotzer officiating.  Friends will be received from 11:00 AM until time of service.  Burial will be held in Columbia Hill Cemetery following the service.  Military rites will be accorded by Danville American Legion Post 40 Honor Guard. Memorial Contributions may be made to Danville Area Community Center, 1 Liberty Street, Danville, PA 17821. www.visneski.com

 


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