James Ronald "Pap" Feathers

Date of Death: 4/11/2018

James Ronald “Pap” Feathers 

July 13, 1933-April 11, 2018 

James Ronald “Pap” Feathers, 84, died Wednesday at his home in Altoona surrounded by his children, following a brief illness. 

He was born in Claysburg to the late Mary A. Jolly (King). He married the late Mary Ann (Clare) Feathers on May 21, 1955 at St. Mary's Church. 

Surviving are his four children: Timothy Scott and former daughter-in-law, Tammi, of Altoona, Randy Patrick, girlfriend Becky Good, and former daughter-in-law Diane, of Altoona, Julia Lynn Lafferty and husband David of Annandale, Va., and Mary Clare "Mitzi" de Koning and husband John of Milton, Ga. Also, special friends Lisa Eckard and her husband Tom. He was a grandfather to nine grandchildren: Michael, Edward, Bradley, Alexa, Olivia, Trey, Hanna, Jude, and Alauna. He was also blessed with two great-grandchildren: Lili and Liam James; numerous beloved nieces and nephews; and other extended family members. He also will be missed by his faithful dog, Jack. 

James was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving on active duty for over 20 years with his loving wife by his side, and retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant in 1972. His service spanned both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and he saw action during the height of combat operations. He served with distinction, earning numerous awards and commendations. In Korea, he was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, denoting valor in combat. He earned these awards as a young Private and served as an inspiration to both his peers and seniors for his selfless actions and complete disregard for his own safety. He served as a combat medic during the Korean Conflict where he was credited with carrying hundreds of wounded soldiers to safety. He also served as a Senior Analyst, Medical Section, during the Viet-Nam Conflict. In Viet-Nam he distinguished himself compiling and utilizing data relative to the enemies’ medical systems. These early displays of character were evident throughout his subsequent Army career and indeed his entire life. 

Following his service career, he was the manager of Lester’s Men Shop in the Logan Valley Mall.  He coached Teener League baseball for Marhoefer Bakery for numerous years. He also was an assistant coach for a state championship baseball team in Virginia. In addition, he served as a volunteer at the St. Vincent DePaul Assumption Chapel Food Pantry. He was a lifetime member of the Bavarian Aid Society, the Unter Uns Society, and the Swiss Club. 

James was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Altoona. He was also an avid Washington Redskins and Altoona Curve fan. The Curve won the Eastern League championship at the last game he attended. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His sense of humor, quick wit and positive prospective on life will stay in the hearts of his loved ones forever.  He lived and believed in the trinity of the military man – God, Country, Family. 

Friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018, at The Stevens Mortuary, Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church by Father Frank

Scornaienchi T. O. R. Committal with military honors will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of James Feathers can be made to St. Vincent DePaul Assumption Chapel Food Pantry, 1523 Adams Ave., Altoona, Pa. 16602 in care of Col. Don Belsey. 

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