WEST SALEM TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – James L. Preston, 91, formerly of 383 S. Good Hope Road in West Salem Township, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019, in his residence at The Ridgewood at St. Paul’s.
He was born in Greenville, Pennsylvania, on July 23, 1928, to the late LeRoy and Adelaide (Kirkner) Preston.
James was a 1946 graduate of the former Penn High School and a member of Zions Reformed United Church of Christ in Greenville.
He was a self-employed and lifelong farmer.
He was a member of the Greenville Elks, Eureka Lodge 290 of F&AM, Mercer County Shrine Club and the Zem Zem Shriners.
James is survived by his wife, M. Joan (Bollenbacher) Preston. They were married on October 5, 1952. Also surviving are two sons, Gail Preston of Greenville and Kevin Preston of Florida; a daughter-in-law, Beth Preston of Greenville; a brother, Glenn Preston and his wife, Sue, of Greenville; five grandchildren, Lindsay Shull and her husband, Brandon, of Sahuarita, Arizona, Caitlyn McConnell and her husband, Joshua, of Valparaiso, Indiana, David Preston and his wife, Alexis, of Greenville, Kim Heasley and her husband, Destin, of Canton, Ohio and Kyle Preston and his wife, Lauren, of Greenville and seven great-grandchildren, Hannah, Alice, Hailey, Gray, Onyx, Rowan and Raegan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Gary Preston and infant, Lonnie Jo Preston and a sister, Donna Jean Preston.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019, from 3:00 – 4:45 p.m. at Osborne-Williams Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Incorporated, 73-75 Columbia Avenue, Greenville, where a funeral service will begin at 5:00 p.m., with Rev. William G. Kirker, Director of Spiritual Services at St. Paul’s, officiating.
Burial will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at Delaware Cemetery
Memorial contributions can be made to: Greenville Area Public Library, 330 Main St., Greenville, PA, 16125 or, St Paul’s Memorial Fund, 339 East Jamestown Rd., Greenville, PA, 16125.
Messages of sympathy, stories, and photos can be shared at: www.osborne-williams.com.