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James Luther Lichtenfels (Jim) was born July 5, 1927 to Laura Bell and Frederick L. Lichtenfels in Pitcairn, PA. He died May 30, 2020 at his home with his three daughters by his side.

Jim was predeceased by his wife of 42 years Joan (nee McClain) and siblings Lloyd (Mildred), Evelyn Ankney (Dale), Laura Jean, and Dorothy Sinclair (Fred). He is survived by his sister Elaine McMasters (John deceased), daughters Susan Pidany (Wayne), Jayne Kramer, Kathy Banfield (Mark), and grandchildren Austin Banfield, Alexis Pidany, and Amanda Banfield. Jim is also predeceased by his longtime companion Evelyn Wardell.

Jim graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1949. He served in the Signal Corp for the Army during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he worked as an electrical engineer for the Naval Air Development Center at Johnsville for 33 years. Jim appreciated that his retirement lasted longer than his employment years.

Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He had an impish nature that he maintained even through the mature age of 92. He enjoyed bowling, square dancing, conversing over CB radio, and "paper punching" with his large assortment of "toys." Friends and family will always remember his sense of humor, laid-back attitude, and his eclectic "inventions." He was an engineer through and through and truly enjoyed life. As he reflected upon his life he stated, "I had a good run."

Due to the current circumstances and based on his wishes there will be a private memorial held in the Pitcairn area at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's memory can be made to the Cancer Research Institute https://www.cancerresearch.org/ or the Alzheimer's Association (https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2).