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James Alvin Ake

April 7, 1937 - July 29, 2020

James Alvin Ake, 83, a resident of The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg, went to be with his Lord Wednesday, after a valiant struggle with ALS. He was born in Altoona the son of the late John and Mary (Carper) Ake. He was raised in Roaring Spring. James married Carrie Raugh on April 26, 1958, and she died on March 8, 2000.

He is survived by four sons: James W. Ake and wife, Linda, of Readington, N.J., David W. Ake and wife, Marcia, of Mine Hill, N.J., Steve C. Ake and wife, Donna, of Belleville and John A. Ake and wife, Sue, of Port Matilda; eight grandchildren: Josh, Jeremy, David, Jordan, Mitchell and wife Olivia, Hailey, Gherrity and Adam; a sister, Elaine Frazier and husband, Pat, of Martinsburg; and a sister-in-law, Mila Raugh, of Roaring Spring.

James was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon; three half-siblings, Elizabeth Ake Swarm, William D. Ake and John R. Ake; and a brother-in-law, Ken Raugh.

Jim was the president of his high school Class of ’55. He graduated from Juniata College in 1959 and earned a Master of Science degree through a NSF Fellowship from Penn State University. Jim was employed first as a math teacher and head baseball coach at Tyrone High School. Later he worked for HRB Singer (E-Systems) in State College, Bell Labs, GRC and the Morristown Daily Record, all in New Jersey; and lastly he retired from Swigart Associates in Huntingdon.

Having played three sports in high school, he loved athletics. He was a pitcher in college and the Twilight League. He was proud to have never had a losing season while coaching high school and Little League, even winning districts. He loved his golf as well.

Jim was a talented singer, performing at many events. He enjoyed his church choirs and was a member of the choral society in State College as well as the Cove Community Choir. The Stone Church of the Brethren was his home church. He served as district treasurer for many years.

The family will have a private burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Roaring Spring. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Todd T. Thompson Funeral Home Inc., Roaring Spring.

The family requests donations in Jim’s memory be made to help students through The Ake Family Fund at Juniata College, 1700 Moore St., Huntingdon, PA 16652; The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at John Hopkins, ATTN: Gift Processing, John Hopkins Medicine, 750 Pratt St., 17th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; or the Stone Church of the Brethren, 1623 Moore St., Huntingdon, PA 16652.

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