LEWISTOWN - James D. Moyle, 93, of Lewistown, departed this life on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital. He was surrounded by his children who kept an all-night vigil by his bedside.
Just four months ago, James lost his loving wife of more than 70 years, Margaret L. (Swartz) Moyle, whom he married on July 29, 1943, in Burnham.
Known to many as Jim or Dolph, James was born Nov. 25, 1920, in Granville.
He was preceded in death by: his wife, Margaret, on Dec. 1, 2013; parents, Raymond and Evelyn Moyle; two brothers, Robert Moyle and Walter Moyle; and sister, Joan Swarmer.
He is survived by: a brother, Jack Moyle, of Indiana, Pa.; children: Kay (Moyle) Emerick and husband, Frank, of Lewistown, Marty Moyle, of Bethlehem, Rose Moyle, of Lewistown, and his son and hunting buddy, Michael Moyle, of Lewistown; three grandchildren, Lauren Ollman, Dalton Snare and Corey Gilbert; and one stepgrandson, Frank Emerick III.
James was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and was a proud World War II veteran obtaining the rank of sergeant. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Oahu, and was a radar operator and maintenance technician in the high hills between Diamond Head and Koko Head, completing courses covering Army, Navy and Marine radar gear. He numerous other assignments in varying locations such as jungle survival training, combat swimming instructor and instructing soldiers to swim and evacuate ships prior to the Philippine invasion.
In his earlier years, James was a steelworker at what is now Standard Steel, a bartender at the former Cargill's Restaurant, a deputy game protector along with many other jobs. He trained at the former Ross Leffler School of Conservation in Brockway, where he graduated first in his class and became a Pennsylvania game protector assigned to Perry County. He forged a reputation for being tough but fair and was respected by all who knew him. Years later, he was reassigned to Mifflin County and later promoted to law enforcement supervisor at the Southcentral Division in Huntingdon. He loved his career with the Game Commission and could tell countless stories about his exploits.
James was the ultimate outdoorsman, loving all things having to do with hunting, fishing, trapping and teaching his son to enjoy and respect the great outdoors as much as he did. They had many years of father-son bonding moments which will never be forgotten.
James was a loving husband and fantastic father, teaching his children to appreciate nature and animals, ethical values, and to go through life with a sense of humor. He had a quick wit, even at 93, and a knack for cracking us up with his Dad-isms. We will miss him forever.
He was a devoted member of Lake Park United Methodist Church, where he and Margaret were greeters for many years.
All are invited to call from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2014, at Lake Park United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Juniata Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lake Park United Methodist Church, 400 Crystal Springs Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044 or The Salvation Army, 9 S. Dorcas St., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Online condolences can be offered to the family at www.hellerhoenstinefuneralhome.com.