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
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