James Allen Gunsallus, 96, of Castanea passed away Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Susque View Home, Lock Haven.
Born February 18, 1923 in Orviston, he was a son of the late Wesley Armstrong and Tillie May Spangler Gunsullas.
On December 22, 1942 James was inducted into the United States Army in New Cumberland and assigned to the 87th Infantry. After completing basic training at Camp Hale, CO, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division where his military occupational specialty was light weapons, NCO 1812. James was an Expert Carbine 44, 1st Class Gunner Mortar. He was then sent to 33&40WD45, Northern Appennines, Italy and then to PO Valley Aleutian Islands.
While serving in Italy, James was wounded. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal as well as a Good Conduct Medal, European African Medal, Eastern Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with one Bronze Star and a Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
Master Sergeant James Allen Gunsullas was Honorably Discharged from the United States Army on September 19, 1945.
On September 2, 1945, he married his love, Peggy L. Conklin Gunsallus, who preceded him in death on December 15, 2004.
He was employed by Piper Aircraft before owning and operating James Gunsallus Plumbing and Heating.
James was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Castanea.
He was also a member of the Bald Eagle Beagle Club.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to his camp, Camp Lookout, in Renovo. Most of all, James cherished the time spent with his family, especially his grandsons.
Surviving is his daughter, Judy (David) Courter of Castanea; three grandsons: Bradley (Angela), Bryan (Sandra) and Justin (Stacey) Courter; five great grandchildren: Desiree (Cody) Myers and Dakota, Landin, Gavyn and Cailin Courter; and two great, great grandchildren, Tatum and Chael Myers.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Francis, Arlington, Russell and Robert Gunsallus; two sisters, Garnetta Caris and Violet Allen; and a great grandson, Devin McClellan.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 12 Noon at Faith United Methodist Church, 23 E. Brown St., Castanea. Military Honors will follow. Private burial will take place at Rest Haven Memorial Park.
Friends and family will be received at Faith United Methodist Church on Tuesday from 11 A.M. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Faith United Methodist Church or Bald Eagle Beagle Club through the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.