James L. \nPetsinger, a lifelong resident of Butler, PA, passed \naway peacefully on April 9th at Newhaven Court at \nClearview. Born on September 30, 1928, Jim was the \nyoungest child of the late Merle and Bertha \nPetsinger. After graduating Butler High School in \n1947, Jim attended Bliss Electrical School in \nWashington, DC. Returning to Butler, he joined Armco \nSteel where he held many positions until retiring as \nDirector of Pollution Control in 1984.\n\nJim, like so many children of the 1930's, used his \nimagination as the source of entertainment. He often \nrecounted stories of chasing the ice truck in the \nheat of summer for a thirst-quenching shard chipped \noff by the driver. The excitement of seeing the \ntrolley car jump the track at the corner of Franklin \nand Brady streets would send the neighborhood kids \nflooding outside, and then they would watch and \ncheer as the mammoth crane would swing the car back \nto its rightful place. For a nickel, afternoons \ncould be spent at the Majestic Theater where the \nkids screamed and hollered during the news reels and \nstomped until Tom Mix and his horse strode across \nthe screen - and an afternoon at Alameda Park riding \nthe carousel was sheer delight for a 10 year old.\n\nA strong young man, Jim excelled in sports \nparticipating on the swim, weightlifting and \nfootball teams. His three older brothers all served \nin the European conflict of WWII. Jim would recount \nrunning to the train station to meet them on \ndifferent occasions as they returned home on leave. \nEach brother would ultimately return safely to their \nhometown. \n\nA man of faith, Jim was a proud, active and \nlife-long member of the First English Lutheran \nChurch, serving on the Church Council for many \nyears. He lived by the mantra, a friend in need is a \nfriend indeed. Always providing help to someone who \nneeded a caring hand - a family member, friend, or \nneighbor - a real friend indeed.\n\n\nJim loved Armco life but easily filled his days \nafter retiring with the church, Humane Society, bird \nwatching, genealogy and gardening.\n \n\nVolunteering \nfor Meals on Wheels was especially rewarding for him \nand his late wife of 30 years, Ellie, who said she \nwould 'Thank God for sending me Jim' upon reaching \nheaven. He was often known as 'dogs best friend' and \nas a grandchild once said, a 'peanut butter freak!' \nfor his love of all things peanut. \n\nJim is survived by his children Lindee (Robin) \nGilliland, Eric Petsinger (Andrew Barker), Marcia \nHeinzer and Linda Wellner. He is preceded in death \nby his parents Merle and Bertha Petsinger; his \nsiblings Harry (Margaret) Petsinger, Robert \n(Barbara) Petsinger, Jack (Helen) Petsinger and Mary \nAnn (Steve) Napora; his sons James Todd (Becky) \nPetsinger and Thomas Wellner. He will be greatly \nmissed by several grandchildren, \ngreat-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and those \nwhose lives he touched. \n\nJim's family greatly thanks the incredible staff at \nNewhaven Court at Clearview for the love, dignity \nand respect shown to their father. Loving to dance, \nthey would frequently join him in a quick Fred \nAstaire moment down the hallway. Their \naround-the-clock care and kindness will never be \nforgotten. They would also like to express their \nimmense gratitude to the Senior Life VNA Western \nPennsylvania Hospice network who made the end of \nJim's life comfortable and peaceful. \n\nA Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a future \ndate. Donations can be made to Senior Life VNA \nWestern Pennsylvania Hospice or the Butler Humane \nSociety.\n\nArrangements have been entrusted to Thompson-Miller \nFuneral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, \nPA 16001.