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James H. Winder

James H. Winder, 80, a resident of Montgomery, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in the Geisinger Medical Center at Danville. Born Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1939, at Elmira, Chemung County, N.Y., he was a son of the late Mahlon and Louise (Clark) Winder. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Gisela (Patz) Winder, on Jan. 3, 2018.

He was a 1957 graduate of Montgomery/Clinton High School and furthered his education at Lycoming College. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Jim was employed as a dye lab manager at Warshows in Milton, retiring in 2004.

Jim was a member of St. John Lutheran “Brick” Church at Montgomery, Bower-Decker American Legion Post 251 at Montgomery, where he was a past commander, Muncy Lodge 299 F&AM, the Zafar Grotto at South Williamsport, the 40 et 8, the Marine Corps League, the Clinton Volunteer Fire Co., where he served as chief for 15 years, the Montgomery Sports Hall of Fame, the Red Ridge Hunting Club and the Station House’s Old Cronies. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and took up golf when he retired that he could play with his grandson. Jim coached Montgomery Junior High Football and for 20 years was the scout of the Montgomery High School football team.

He is survived by two daughters, Monika Powell and her companion Ken Barner, of Watsontown; and Gail and husband Terry Warren, of Montgomery; one grandson, Brett Powell, of Hanover; two sisters, Lois and husband Paul Wertman, of Muncy, and Elinor Hallabuk of LaPorte. In addition to his wife, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Winder, and his sister, Dolly Bastian.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main St., Muncy, with Max Walters Jr., pastor of the Lairdsville Faith Church, officiating. Friends may call on Friday at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery at Montgomery with full military honors accorded by the joint veterans organizations.

Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.