James William Herold, age 97, of Butler, peacefully passed away Sunday, April 12, 2020 in the Hall Of Honor hospice care at the VA Community Center, Butler.
Born December 17, 1922 in Butler, he was the son of late Francis and Alda Varner Herold.
He was a life member of St Marks Lutheran Church, Butler.
He was a 1942 graduate of Butler High School.
After 38 years, he retired in the Stainless Steel Processing Department at the former Armco Steel Mill, Butler.
He was a proud US Army Veteran, who served as a Staff Sergeant in the 20th Bombardment Squadron and the 2nd Air Transport Squadron from 1942 until 1945. He served as an US Army Air Corps Crew Chief Election, and served over seas in Africa, India, Burma, and China. He was a life member of the VFW Post #249, American Legion Post #778, DAV Chapter #64, and the Butler Moose Lodge #64. He was a member of the Eldred WWII Museum, where he enjoyed preserving history, and enjoyed working as a volunteer at the VA for many years.
Jim enjoyed the outdoors tending to his yard, gardening, fishing, hunting, and enjoying nature. He was past President and Director of the Butler City Hunting and Fishing Club. He was a Boy Scout commissioner, the Explorer Advisor for Post #100. He served on the staff at two National Boy Scout Jamborees.
He is survived by his children: Pamela Schmid of Butler, Amanda “Mandy” (Tom “Huck”) Fisher of Butler, Danny (Leslie) Herold of Saver; grandchildren: Kassandra Perry, Adam (Kim) Fisher, Nicole (Craig) Barkey, Josh(Jen)Herold, Helen Herold; Great Grandchildren: Elyse, Alex, Lanni, Nathan, Josephine, Gino, Alivia, William, and Wyatt; Step Children; Step Grandchildren; and his Brother Karl Herold of Butler.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Helen Irene Meredith Herold, who passed away May 24, 1978; his second wife Rita Cypher Herold, who passed away January 30, 1998; his two sisters, and a step daughter.
Due to the current health concerns, the family will hold a private visitation on Wednesday at the Edward L Raisley Funeral Home, 387 Main Street, Prospect.
The family will hold a private funeral service on Thursday morning at the Raisley Funeral Home.
Interment with a graveside committal service will be on Thursday, April 16, 2020, 12 Noon at the Butler County Memorial Park Cemetery, Butler.
Memorial contributions may be given to the DAV Chapter 64, PO Box 1728, Butler PA 16003.
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