James K. Fugate, Sr., MD, 84, passed on to eternal life with our Lord Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born May 7, 1930, in DuBois, to the late Howard Fugate Sr. and Sarah Kathryn Fugate (nĂ©e Kethledge) and was raised in Sykesville.
He was married to Mary Hanna, who survives him.
James was a 1948 graduate of Sykesville High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1952.
In 1956, he received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia.
After medical school, James acquired an internship at Huron Road Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
He then served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy Medical Corps.
James served the Punxsutawney community for eight years before leaving the area and becoming a board-certified psychiatrist from the Rollman Psychiatric Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.
For 34 years thereafter, he dedicated his medical practice to compassionate, exemplary service and established modern community mental health services to the residents of Clearfield and Jefferson counties.
He was a man of faith and a longtime active member of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.
He taught Sunday School for 45 years, served on various committees and was a member of the chancel choir.
He had a love for the Word of God.
He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition, James was an avid Penn State football fan and enjoyed all sports.
In addition to his wife of 65 years, his surviving relatives include five sons and a daughter, John H. Fugate, MD, and wife Carolyn of Minneapolis, Minnesota, James K. Fugate, Jr., MD, and wife Theresa of DuBois, Jacquelyn Fugate Smith and husband Daniel Smith of Leominster, Massachusetts, Mark H. Fugate, PhD, and wife Carolyn of Alfred Station, New York, Douglas S. Fugate, MD, and wife Beth of Punxsutawney, and Joel T. Fugate and wife Kimberly of Punxsutawney; 17 grandchildren, Jason and wife Rachel, Jonathan and wife Kelly, Thomas, Timothy, Elizabeth, Mary, Daniel, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah, Sarah, Nathaniel and wife Holly, Isaac, Caleb, and Luke Fugate and Steven and Kathyrn Smith; and four great-grandchildren, Elanor, Evan, John and Noemi Fugate.
Other relatives include his brother, Howard Fugate, Jr., MD.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Deeley Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.
Friends will also be received prior to the funeral service from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church of Punxsutawney.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church of Punxsutawney, with Pastor Paul Ritchey officiating.
Interment will be at Lakelawn Memorial Park, Reynoldsville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Jefferson County, or to Asera Care Hospice.
Online condolences may be made at www.deeleyfuneralhome.com.