James R. “Jim” Doverspike

James R. “Jim” Doverspike, 90, Ringgold, died Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at his home.

He was born March 17, 1926, in Mt. Tabor, Armstrong County, a son of the late Martha N. (Smith) and Russell C. Doverspike.

On June 20, 1946, he married Ruby L. (Swineford) Doverspike, who preceded him in death on May 16, 2015.

Jim was a member of the Ringgold United Methodist Church.

He served as a Gunners Mate Third Class in the United States Navy aboard the USS Idaho from 1943-1946.

Jim began his career as an underground coal miner, he then became a partner in Doverspike Brothers Coal Company which was started around 1950 and then began working in the natural gas industry. He also instituted the J & R Foundation.

Jim enjoyed hunting, golfing, hiking, exercising, farming and showing cattle, tennis, skiing, and going to lunch with his associates.

He was a great philanthropist and had a strong faith in God and his country. He was also a great support to his church and community.

Surviving relatives include three children, Denny Doverspike and wife Pat of Dayton, Randy Doverspike and wife Debbie of Punxsutawney, and Connie Blose and husband Randy of Ringgold; seven grandchildren, Rick, Eric, Chad, and Drew Doverspike, and Heath, Brooke, and Wesley Zeitler; twelve great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Carl Doverspike and wife Kay of Lighthouse Point, FL, and Gary Doverspike and wife Connie of Ringgold.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Ida Katherine Wolfgang.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, November 25, 2016, at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 26, 2016, at the Ringgold United Methodist Church with Pastor Ken Duffee officiating.

Interment will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Dry Ridge, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made, in memory of Mr. Doverspike, to VNA Hospice, 602 East Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767, or to the Ringgold United Methodist Church, 4027 Route 536, Ringgold, PA 15770.

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