James O. Auman, 91, of 352 Church Street, St. Marys, died at his home on Friday afternoon, Nov. 11, 2011 surrounded by his family following a short illness.
He was born Feb. 23, 1920 in St. Marys, a son of the late John R. and Genevieve Dippold Auman.
On May 16, 1945 in Pawling, N.Y., he married the late Edna M. "Snooky" Dippold Auman, his loving wife of more than 66 years who preceded him in death one week before on Nov. 4, 2011.
He was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Church, where he served as an usher and as a chairman on the building committee during the 1988-1989 renovations to the church.
He served in the Army Air Force during WWII as a flight engineer and Staff Sergeant in the 96th Combat Wing of the Second Air Division. He was awarded an Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters as well as a Purple Heart for wounds received over Germany in 1944.
He and his wife owned and operated Auman's Grocery Store since 1945 until they retired in 2009.
He also served as the Director of the Merchants Grocery Company and was the Mayor of St. Marys from 1966 to 1970. He was a member and past president of the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter #467. He was a lifelong member of the Boys Club where he enjoyed teaching wood carving classes. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.
He is survived by four daughters, Margaret Ann Gabler (Michael) of St. Marys, Katherine Mary Muth (Larry) of Ridgway, Barbara Ann Little (Rich) of St. Marys, and Patricia Mary Grabill (Steve) of Mechanisburg; 10 grandchildren, the Rev. Michael Gabler O.S.B., Lori Ligenfelter (Alan), Sean Gabler (Tina), Melanie Meyer (Matt), Douglas Muth, Katie Muth, Henry Hoehn (Amy), Christopher Little, Nick Grabill, and Laura Grabill; seven great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; a step great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Helen Parana of St. Marys; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Edna "Snooky" Auman, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Evelyn Francis, Mildred Gerg, Rita Cunningham, Cecelia Geer and Mary Hasselman; and by two brothers, Alvin Auman and Edward Auman. Jim's brother, William "Beagle" Auman, died just hours after him on Nov. 11, 2011.
A Mass of Christian Burial for James O. Auman will be celebrated at the St. Mary's Church, Church Street, St. Marys, on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Michael Gabler, O.S.B, his grandson, as celebrant. Military Honors will be conducted by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Burial will follow in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Community Nurses Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to the St. Marys Catholic Church, 139 Church Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be placed at www.LynchGreenFuneralHome.com .