James E. Book, of Lewisburg, lost his battle and slipped away on July 20, 2017, at UPMC Skilled Nursing Center in Muncy at 81 years of age, where he had been a patient for the last six months after an extended battle with COPD.
He was born on Oct. 1, 1935, in Mifflin, a son of the late Dale L. and Ruth A. (Louder) Book. On June 20, 1959, he married Barbara J. Harris who survives. They just celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.
James graduated from Juniata Joint High School where he played JV basketball. He was an SP3 in the Army from 1954 to 1957. After serving in the Army, he went to Bucknell University for two years to study economics.
James was the manager of Reish Bros. and Derr Bros. appliance stores. From there he went to work at Citizens Leasing and onto Kelly Township Sewer Authority, where he worked in the laboratory, which he retired from in 2013.
He was a member of Saint Peters United Church of Christ in Lewisburg for 36 years. He was active in Alcoholics Anonymous, being sober for 45 years and being instrumental in establishing the Lewisburg meetings.
James was an avid fan of the NFL Giants and Notre Dame teams. He enjoyed trips to Washington, D.C., especially the Air and Space Museum, touring civil war battlefields, and going to Niagara Falls in Canada. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting with his brothers and coaching teener league baseball and midget football with his brother.
He was preceded in death by 4 siblings, Kay Book, Beverly (Book) Kennedy, Donald Book and John Book and 3 grandchildren, John Edward Book, Charity Lynn Wagner and Desirée Nicole Keister.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara "Barbie" and Franklin Greak, of Winfield, and Debra "Debbie" and Kent "Snook" Keister, of Lewisburg; two sons and daughters-in-law, James "Butch" and Ruthann Book, of Selinsgrove, and Dale and Patti Book, of Millmont; six grandchildren, Jennifer and John Martin of Chattanooga, Katie and Michael Troxell of Lewisburg, Jonathan Keister and fiancée Kalaum Linn of Mifflinburg, Erik Book of Harrisburg, Brandon Book of Millmont, and Heather Book of Millmont; three stepgrandchildren, Jason and Danielle Greak of Hummels Wharf, Josh Greak of Middleburg, and William Greak of Middleburg; five great-grandchildren, Thomas and Charity Martin of Chattanooga, Logen and Madison Keister of Mifflinburg, and Grayson Troxell of Lewisburg; one stepgrandchild, Trinity Greak of Hummels Wharf; and one sister and brother-in-law, Cathy (Book) and Dennis Hause, of Lewisburg.
Family and friends are invited to visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Peters United Church of Christ (Twin Churches), Lewisburg, where a celebration of life service will be held at 1, with the Rev. Jeff Hauck officiating.
Burial with full military honors accorded by veterans of the Lewisburg American Legion will be held at the adjoining church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like a memorial donation made in James' honor to the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc., www.pawoundedwarriors.org
The Dominic T. Adamo Funeral and Cremation Services, 16 Walnut St., Mifflinburg, is handling the funeral arrangements.
Published on July 20, 2017