James “Jim” E. Himes, 75, of Irishtown Road, Kersey, died on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie after a brief illness.
He was born on October 13, 1947, a son of the late Harry Sr. and Nellie Hepler Himes.
On June 27, 1970, he married Carla M. Hayes, who preceded him in death on July 11, 1997.
Jim was a lifelong resident of Kersey and a graduate of St. Marys Area High School. He served in the U.S Army where he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. Jim was a member of the Fox Twp Fireman’s Club and American Legion Post 511. He had a strong work ethic and you could find him in the garage working on old machines. He loved his family and was known as “Papa Jim” to all.
Jim is survived by 2 daughters: Kelly Wildnauer of Kersey and Jennifer Lion and her fiancé Brian Smith of Kersey, 7 grandchildren: Corey (Danielle), Alex (Brooke), Codey, James (Morgan), Savannah, Hayden, and Cody, 10 great-grandchildren; A.J, Conner, Carter, Gavin, Bella, Cameron, Delaney, Coda, Everleigh, and Colt. He is also survived by 1 sister, Barb Burton and her husband Jim of Kersey, and 3 brothers, Harry Himes, Jr. of Kersey, John Himes and his wife Linda of Kersey, and Jake Himes and his wife Ginger of Kersey, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Benjamin Himes, a grandson, Michael Mosier, and a sister-in-law, Jacqueline Himes.
A Memorial Service for James E. Himes will be celebrated on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 6:00 PM at Krise Funeral Home, 339 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846, with Rev. Ron Burkett officiating.
Burial will follow at St. Boniface Cemetery.
Family and friends will be received on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at Krise Funeral Home, from 5:00PM until the time of services.
Memorial contributions can be made to Fox Twp. Woman’s Auxiliary, C/O Fox Township Fire Department, 381 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846 or Disabled American Veteran Transportation, P.O Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250
Krise Funeral Home, 339 Main Street, Kersey is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com.