The Obit For Jim Settle

James Wesley Settle
April 4, 1933 - October 8, 2010

Published in Centre Daily Times on October 10, 2010


James Wesley Settle, 77, of Bellefonte (Zion), entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at his home. Born April 4, 1933 in Pine Grove Mills, PA, he was the son of the late Harold J. Settle and Freda L. Settle. On Aug. 9, 1958, in Lock Haven, he married Karen D. Herr, who survives at home.

He was a 1951 graduate of Centre Hall Potter High School. He graduated in 1958 from Lock Haven University with a B.S. degree in education and a master's degree in safety education from Central Missouri University in 1970. He taught in the Bald Eagle Area School district for 35 years, retiring July 21, 1993. He served in the U.S. Army Artillery from 1953 to 1955, with the rank of corporal.

He was a life member of Centre County School Retirees Association, a member of the Pa. State Education Association and the National Education Association. He was a member of AARP, National Rifle Assocication, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and American Legion Post 867, Pleasant Gap.

He was an avid sports fan and played minor league baseball briefly as a catcher. He enjoyed going to camp, playing poker, hunting, gardening, canning, walking, traveling and spending time with family. Jim enjoyed his life to the fullest for as long as his health allowed. He treasured the family tradition of weekly Sunday evening gatherings for the family meal.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by a daughter, Tammy L. Rossel, of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; and a son, Shane S. Settle, of Bellefonte.

He was preceded in death by a son, Wesley J. Settle, and a grandson, Zachary S. Settle. He is survived by seven grandchildren, Lindsey E. Settle, Tyson J. Settle, Dallas J. Settle, Carson A. Langley, Scott D. Langley, Levi S. Settle and Samantha J. Barner.

He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Bellefonte, and served on Consistory and other committees. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at e St. John's United Church of Christ, 145 W. Linn St., Bellefonte, with the Rev. Anne Smith officiating. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Walker Township, immediately following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ, 145 W. Linn St., Bellefonte, PA 16823.