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Obituary for James B. Whalen

James B.  Whalen
James B. Whalen, 79, of Irwin died Sunday March 4, 2018 in the UPMC McKeesport Hospital. He was born November 18, 1938 in North Huntingdon a son of the late Eugene F. Jr. and Anna (Klingensmith) Whalen. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a machinist for Penn State Tool & Die, of North Huntingdon, and was at one time employed as a mechanic for the former O’Block’s service Station, in Manor. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and a former member of the St. Boniface Church, in Penn. He was a veteran of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. James served during the Cold War, Air Defense of Pittsburgh. He was a Basic Missile man Launcher crewman with the U.S. Army’s Nike Ajax Guided Missile System. James was also attached with the Operations Department of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. He was a member and past governor and treasure of the L.O.O.M. 236, of Irwin; the American Legion post 359, of Irwin; the Italian Miners Club, of Hahntown and former member and Past Worthy President of the F.O.E 844, of Jeannette. He was a 1956 graduate of North Huntingdon School. Surviving are his wife of 47 years Helen (Shaffer) Whalen; two sons James Whalen Jr. and his wife Penny (Crookston), of North Huntingdon, Jason Whalen and his wife Meghan (Burns), of Greensburg; five grandchildren Mackenzie, Carlin, Hope, Quinn and Parker Whalen; sister and brothers Eugene F. Whalen III and his wife Jytte, of North Carolina, John M. “Jack” Whalen and his wife Debra, of Ohio and Anne C. Whalen, of Harrison City; sister-in-law Margaret Camarote; aunt Helen Lauffer, uncle Tom Whalen, aunt Stephanie Whalen, and several nieces and nephews. Jim along with his wife and brother Jack and his wife Deb loved to travel throughout the United Stated, Europe, Canada and Africa. He liked sports including NASCAR, Golf, Football and loved to watch Jeopardy. Friends will be received 2-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ott Funeral Home Inc. 805 Pennsylvania Avenue Irwin. Parting prayers will be held 9:00 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. The family suggest in lieu of flowers memorial donation may be made to the Relay for Life of Norwin c/o American Cancer Society 510 Pellis Rd. Suite 203 Greensburg, PA 15601 or to the Immaculate Conception Church 308 Second Street Irwin PA 15642.
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