Richard Arden “Dick” James, Sr., 82, of Conneaut Lake, PA passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring, FL.
He was born November 18, 1939 to E. Arden and Dorothy (Martin) James in Meadville City Hospital, Meadville, PA.
Dick graduated from Linesville-Conneaut-Summit High School in Linesville, PA in 1957. He worked during his high school years at Conneaut Lake Park on the Merry-Go-Round filling the brass ring grabs. After graduation, he went on to work at Molded Fiberglass, then the PA Game Commission before settling in as a Railroad conductor for the Erie Lackawanna/Conrail RR, then Norfolk and Southern RR after a merger retiring after 40 years of service in 2001. He enjoyed anything that involved socializing with friends and family such as Church, group breakfasts, railroad stories and car cruise-ins showing off his ’36 Ford Cabriolet, his dream car! He has a great sense of humor. He also enjoyed outdoors activities such as walking fields picking up Indian artifacts, gardening, lawn mowing and hunting. Some of his favorite indoor activities were singing, playing musical instruments, FaceBook, watching TV especially the RFD channel and Gunsmoke. He was a snowbird each winter traveling with Linda to their mobile home in Sebring, FL.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 64 years Linda Smith James; four children Richard Arden James, Jr. (Karyn Armstrong) of Petersburg, TN, Joni James Davenport (David) of Conneaut Lake, PA, Ronald Arlen James (Mary) of Conneaut Lake, PA, Trudi Lin James of Sutton, WV; nine grandchildren, Whitney Pardue (Jennifer) of Charleston, SC, Lauren James (Sebastian Czyz) of Fairborn, OH, Christine James Sweeney (Brendan) of St. Paris, OH, Julie James Davis (Cory) of Edinboro, PA, Haley James (Dylan Stallsmith) Erie, PA, Andrew Davenport (Shelby) of Winnemucca, NV, Benjamin Davenport of Conneaut Lake, PA, Wesley Davenport of Conneaut Lake, PA, Jesse Davenport of Conneaut Lake, PA and four great grandchildren Harper Pardue of Charleston, SC, Blake Davis of Edinboro, PA, Claire Sweeney of St. Paris, OH and Harper Davenport of Winnemucca, NV; three sisters, Nancy DeHart, Janet Moyer (Don) and Janice Uzarski (Gerald) and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two step-fathers Blaine Foust and Audley Atkin and brother-in-law Dale DeHart.
A Memorial Service will be 3 p.m. on Saturday, February, 19, 2022 at the Linesville First Baptist Church, 6114 U.S. Highway 6, Linesville, PA. Calling hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. with a Memorial Service immediately following with Pastor Terry Smith, of the Linesville First Baptist Church, Linesville, PA, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Honor of Dick James to a charitable organization of the contributor’s choice.
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