James L. Slupe, age 91, of Butler, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Born in Saxonburg on August 28, 1928, he was a son of the late Paul K. and Parmela Spohn Slupe.
Jim went to war twice. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, and he subsequently served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church.
He was employed for 20 years as a truck driver for Secher Frozen Foods. He later went on to work at The House of Kraus and II-VI Incorporated, from which he retired.
He was a lifetime member of the Meridian Veterans Club. In addition, he belonged to American Legion Post 778, VFW Post 249, and the Italian Club. He was also a notorious scratch-off lottery player. Jim claimed he scratched more lottery tickets than “Gus”, the groundhog in the Pennsylvania Lottery ads.
He is survived by two children, Sandra Posey, of Butler, and Robert W. Slupe and his companion, Catherine Filges, of Butler; one brother, Robert H. Slupe, of Butler; one sister, Ruthie Shorts, of Grove City; five grandchildren, Shawn Slupe and his wife, Tina, of Butler, Daniel Slupe, of Butler, Brian Posey and his wife, Jenna, of Ohio, April Fair and her husband, Steven, of Butler, and Nicole Petrigni and her husband, Sam, of Butler.
He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Airman Matthew Posey, who is currently stationed in England, Meghan Posey, of Ohio, Steven Fair, of Butler, Ashlyn Fair, of Butler, and Gary Petrigni, of Butler.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Hartzel Slupe, who passed away October 27, 2013; his son-in-law, Stephen G. Posey; his twin sister, Janice “Sis” Musk; and five brothers, Carl Slupe, Bernard Slupe, Paul “Dewey” Slupe, Donald Slupe, and Tom Slupe,
Friends will be received in Martin Funeral Home, Inc., 429 Center Avenue, Butler, on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, with Reverend Barbara Stoehr, Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will take place in Greenlawn Burial Estates.
Military Honors will be accorded at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. by VFW Post 249, American Legion Post 778, and American Legion Post 117.