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James Joseph Dulis

James Joseph Dulis, 85, of Valley View Haven, Belleville, passed into the next life at 4:18 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at the Haven, as his son James played the processional on piano for him to approach the throne of God.

Born Feb. 16, 1935, in Danville, he was the son of the late James A. Dulis and Margaret (Spadle) Dulis.

On Dec. 21, 1991, he married Lauranne Marie Van Wright, of Reedsville, who survives, grateful for the 29 years in which she was privileged to share his life.

Jim is also survived by his son, James Joseph Dulis Jr. and wife, Elena, of State College; and grandsons, Jason Dulis and wife, Janine, and Robin Dulis, of Germany. Jason and Janine are the parents of Alessandro Dulis, Stella Dulis and Luke Dulis, Jim’s great-grandchildren.

Jim had a big heart, full of love and pride for his wife, son, grandsons and great-grandchildren. It was very important to him to be there for his parents and aunts when they required support in later years. He was a man of great humor and unbelievable energy.

Jim was a 1953 graduate of Kulpmont High School. He played on the Kulpmont High School Football team. Jim served in the United States Army; he was in the Signal Corps, stationed in Germany. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in music education from The Pennsylvania State University in 1960. Also at Penn State, Jim earned his Master’s Degree in music education in 1967. He pursued further postgraduate credits there.

Jim was employed by the Mifflin County School District as a music teacher for over 30 years. He spent most of his career as a choral director at Chief Logan High School, and the last few years that he taught were at Strodes Mills Elementary School. He was the director of music at First United Methodist Church in Lewistown, for over 30 years. He directed the Sanctuary Choir and Bell Choir. He also scheduled and accompanied soloist for the church. Jim gave private piano lessons. He directed the Madrigal Singers (an adult group) during the early 1970’s.

Jim was a member of Phi Delta Kappa at Penn State University, and he was a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR), the Stone Arch Players, the Upper Room Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church, and the YMCA in Burnham. He was a patron of the Mifflin-Juniata Community Concert Association. Jim was a certified PADI open water diver and enjoyed boating with friends and family.

Jim dearly loved his dogs and was an enthusiastic and accomplished cook. He made the world’s best spaghetti sauce!

Jim traveled to Jamaica, the Bahamas, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Hawaii; he made several trips to sites in Florida and Williamsburg, VA. Jim also loved being at home and entertaining friends and family. He enjoyed playing pool with friends.

A celebration of life Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Lewistown, PA, when the current COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and the choirs he directed are able to perform in his honor. The date and time of this event will be published at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of The Barr Funeral Home Inc. and Crematory, 120 Logan Street, Lewistown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association: 225 North Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601 or online at www.alz.org, or to Valley View Retirement Community 4702 E. Main Street, Belleville PA 17004 or online at www.vvrconline.org where Jim received outstanding, loving, and compassionate care and was always treated with respect and dignity.

Online condolences can shared with the family at www.barrfh.com.