James L. Koontz Sr.

May 3, 1954 – June 29, 2022


James L. Koontz Sr., 68, of Duncansville, passed away Wednesday. He was born in Bedford, son of the late Donald and Helen (Anderson) Koontz.

He married Carol R. Zembower on June 23, 1972. She preceded him in death on April 3, 2022.

Surviving are a daughter, Heather Rudnick and her husband, Cory, of Duncansville; a son, James Jr. and his wife, Colette, of Car­lisle; eight grandchildren: Seth, Conner, Benjamin, Alex, Dawson, Sarah, Darla and Cici; a great-granddaughter, Penelope; three sisters: Janet Raines (Royce) of Bedford, Barbara Eschmann of Bedford and Kim Artinger (Carl) in Tennessee; and two brothers: John (Debbie) of Bedford and David (Jan) in Utah.

He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Thomas Eschmann.

James graduated from Bedford Area High School in 1972 and retired from McClanahan Corp. after 30-plus years.

He was a member of Newry Lutheran Church and was a former volunteer for the Duncansville Fire Department.

James loved hunting, fishing, and going to his vacation cabin in Clinton County.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2022; and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Sorge Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Hollidaysburg, where a funeral service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Marty Jo Irvin-Stellabotte.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to John’s Way Medical Equipment Ministry, 137 Church Hill Lane, Martinsburg, PA 16662.