James Joseph Dulis
James Joseph Dulis, 85, of Valley View Haven, Belleville, passed into the next life at 4:18 p.m. on 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 on Feb. 16, 1935, in Danville, Pa., 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, Pa., 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 more than 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 more than 30 years. He directed the sanctuary choir and bell choir. He also scheduled and accompanied soloists for the church. Jim gave private piano lessons. He directed the Madrigal Singers (an adult group) during the early 1970s.
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, the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, 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 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct.16, 2021, at First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Third St., Lewistown with Revs. Randy Hughes and Karen McCachren to officiate. There will be a visitation held at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service and special music starting at 10:30 a.m.
Arrangements are under the care of The King-Barr Funeral Home LLC, 120 Logan St., 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, where Jim received outstanding, loving, and compassionate care and was always treated with respect and dignity, at 4702 E. Main St., Belleville PA 17004 or online at www.vvrconline.org.
Online condolences can shared with the family at www.kingbarrfuneralhome .com.