James Arthur Fetchik
November 4, 1938 – July 31, 2019
James A Fetchik Born November 4, 1938 Died July 31, 2019
James (Jim) Fetchik was born to George and Susan Fetchik on November 4, 1938 in Roundup, Montana. He lived in Klein, Montana for the first year of his life, when his dad was killed in a mining accident. Jim moved to Johnstown, Pennsylvania when he was just a little over 1 year old, with his mom, 2 sisters and 4 brothers.
Jim was diagnosed with multiple myeloma on May 15, 2019 and was welcomed to heaven on July 31, 2019 by God and Jesus, then had a joyous reunion with his mom, dad, oldest brother Wesley, brothers-in-law Frank Kranjac and Steve Chromy and sister-in-law, Mary Fetchik, as well as two infant siblings and nephews Bill Kohler and Bobby Fetchik.
Jim is survived by his life partner of 54 years, Patricia Otwell, along with sisters Virginia (Margie) Chromy and Elaine Kranjac, and brothers and their wives, Richard and Marian Fetchik, George (Vercil) and Maria (Mae) Fetchik and Joseph and Thelma Fetchik. He is also survived by three nieces and their families, who he thought of as his “kids”, Colleen and Domenick Kurtz and family, Bill and Helen McVicker and family and Susan Kiely and family. He is also survived by special nieces and nephews, George and Joanne Chromy and family, John and Louise Chromy and family, Cathy Kohler and family, Donna Fetchik and family, Richard and Christine Fetchik and family, Melanie and Greg Nixon and family, Joe Fetchik, and Tracy and John DeVito and family.
A 1958 graduate of Conemaugh (Franklin) High School in Conemaugh, PA, Jim looked for work in Johnstown, PA. He was working part-time at Glosser Brothers and made the decision to join the army. The day after he enlisted, he was called by Glossers for a full-time job. Jim was a proud army veteran, serving from January 1959 to March 1962. He served with the Signal Corp, 25th Infantry.
When his tour of service ended, Jim was honorably discharged from the army and headed back to Johnstown. He eventually moved to Baltimore, MD to find work, as his brother Richard had already relocated there. He was hired at Crown, Cork and Seal and retired on August 1, 1993 with 30 years of service. Jim went on to a second career as maintenance at White Marsh Mall, retiring for good on November 2, 2000.
Jim was an avid Orioles, Pirates, Ravens and Steelers fan, which was sometimes difficult on game days. He loved watching Cowboy movies and TV shows and listening to country music. Jim had the talent of being able to watch something on TV, listen to the radio, watch something else on his iPad and have a conversation, all at the same time. If you asked him a question about any of them, he knew exactly what was going on.
Jim was a member of the American Legion and St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church in Johnstown PA, where he looked forward to running the Black and Gold booth and contributing to the basket raffle at the annual festival. A funeral mass and celebration of life will be held at St. Therese, 536 Decker Ave, Johnstown, PA on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Friends will be received at the church, beginning at 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Interment, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Johnstown, PA.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to help cover funeral expenses. Donations can be made to Helen McVicker, 320 Seneca Trail, Davidsville, PA 15928.
Online condolences may be left at: www.schimunekfuneralhomes.com
~ Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure; You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. ~