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James W. "Jim" Reither Jr., 86, of Stoneboro, passed away after a short illness at 6:57 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.
Jim was born on Feb. 22, 1931, to the late James William Reither Sr. and Laura Belle Steckler Reither.
Jim was a 1948 graduate of Stoneboro High School and a star athlete in basketball and baseball. He was later inducted into the Mercer County Hall Of Fame for basketball.
He was scouted for the St. Louis baseball farm team but decided to get married. He married the love of his life, Helen L. Oakes, on Oct. 27, 1950; she preceded him in death on Dec. 6, 2013.
In his earlier years, Jim worked for Westinghouse and Sharon Steel, then started working for the railroads. He worked as a conductor for New York Central, which then became Conrail, retiring in March 1992. He loved his work and loved the trains.
Jim was an amazing father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, especially loving the little ones.
He took immense pride in his home and in his yard. He loved to read, watch horse races, and play cards, especially poker.
He loved his sports, watching the Pirates, Yankees, golf, and college basketball. He was a wealth of sports information and could tell you nearly any baseball statistic from any year gone by.
Jim was also a lifelong member of Stoneboro Presbyterian Church.
Jim is survived by: his two daughters, Paula "Polly" Slater and husband Dean of Sandy Lake, and Cheri L. Mazza of New Canaan, Conn.; a son, Richard J. "Rick" Reither and wife Lannie of Stoneboro; daughter-in-law, Ruth Ann Reither, Greenville; nine grandchildren, Kelly Deniker and husband Clay, Ricky Reither and wife Linnie all Stoneboro, James B. Slater and wife Natalie and Joseph D. Slater, all Sandy Lake, Molly Davis and husband Ryan, Greenville, Benjamin Reither and wife Amber, Hermitage, Melissa Johnson and husband Desmond, Stoneboro, Megan Muschick, Sandy Lake, and Connor Mazza, New Canaan; 14 great-grandchildren, Alissa and Alivia Slater, Sandy Lake, Patrick, Peyton, R.J., and Avery Davis, Greenville, Cody and Hannah Deniker, Stoneboro, Bryson, Marissa, Cami Reither, Stoneboro, Ethan, Lucas, Isabelle Johnson, Stoneboro; sisters Virginia Shutt, Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Ann Jackson and husband Donald, Mechanicburg, Pa.; and his dog, Louie.
In addition to his wife and parents, Jim was preceded in death by his son, Ronald D. Reither, on July 26, 2015.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, or the Stoneboro Presbyterian Church, both to Box 548, Stoneboro, PA 16153.
Published on January 14, 2018
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