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James B. Strittmatter, 85, of Indiana, passed away suddenly Thursday, December 20, 2012, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. 

He was born July 29, 1927, in Indiana, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph E. and Mary (Garman) Strittmatter.

Jim was a graduate of Indiana High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  Prior to his retirement, he owned and operated the Strittmatter Insurance Agency for 34 years in Indiana. 

Jim was a life-long member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church, Indiana; served as a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1481; was a chartered member of the Indiana Optimist Club where he dedicated his time to the Indiana Little League program for 60 years.  Jim was honored by the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame in June 2007 for his dedication and service to the Little League program.

Jim enjoyed fishing, spending time planting and working in his beautiful flower gardens, spending time at the camp, telling stories, and, most importantly, being with his family.  He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.  He was always willing to lend a hand, and will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for his commitment to his faith, his kindness, his genuineness, his honesty, his patience, his gentleness, his humility, his generosity, and his sense of humor.  Jim was the eternal optimist. 

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Louise (Boczar) Strittmatter; his children:  Ann (Harvey) and husband Lee of Alexandria, Virginia; Patrick and girlfriend Shelly Crispens of Indiana; Gregory and wife Cyndy of Indiana: and Lisa (Gardner) and husband Don of Indiana; his grandchildren: Nicholas, Benjamin, Rachel, Devon, and Erin. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers Thomas and Neil Strittmatter.

Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the Bence-Mihalcik Funeral Home in Indiana.  His funeral Mass will be held at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. William J. Kiel as celebrant.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

His family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Little League program (c/o Joe Walkovich, 135 Apple Lane, Indiana, PA); or to the St. Bernard Learning Center, 300 Clairvaux Drive, Indiana, PA  15701).

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