James A. Wingert
James Allan Wingert (Jim), 80, beloved Son, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Cousin and Friend, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
Jim was born on August 18, 1937, in Chambersburg, Pa. and was the son of James C. and Barbara L. Wingert of Middletown, Pa.
Jim is survived by his six adoring children, David (Laura) Wingert, Cindy Goodyear, Lori (Dave) Ulsh, Linda Sawtell (Mark), Diana (Dave) Stum, and Kathie (Jared) Zullinger. Continuing this legacy of love are his precious grandchildren, whom he cherished: Devin and Eric Wingert, Crystal and Shawna Goodyear, Aaron Ulsh, Amanda and Janey Stum, Kristen and Lexi Glassel and Riley Zullinger. He is also survived by his doting and loving sisters, Karla Wingert and Barbara (Dan) Zimmerman, his mother-in-law, Mary Langdon, several cousins, nieces and nephews, and many, many good friends.
Jim resided at his Middletown home until August 24, 1957, when he married the love of his life, Mary D. Langdon, with whom he resided at their Perry County farm until her death in November of 2012.
He graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1959 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and also attended Temple University. After working at several jobs during his younger years, Jim began his career at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. and ultimately retired after serving 27 years as Deputy Comptroller.
From the day he said “I do,” this man of immeasurable talents spent the next 61 years providing for, guiding, and building a rock-solid foundation for his loving family.
Jim loved working on the family farm (Bubbling Springs), especially on his John Deere tractors. In addition to his position as Deputy Comptroller, he also labored tirelessly in the farm fields side-by-side with his family enjoying the fresh country air. He was known for his unequivocal work ethic, which he passed on and instilled in his six children. The farm was his pride and his sanctuary - for working, hunting, playing and for creating an irreplaceable homestead. His beloved farm was also home to the legendary “Wingert Birthday Party Pig Roasts” which spanned over 25 years and were celebrated with his family and many friends. Some of life’s greatest moments happened at these yearly events.
Jim was a born leader. He spent many years mentoring Boy Scouts, hosting jamborees on the farm and organizing numerous adventures with them. He also loved to travel and took great joy in planning trips through their own special travel company, “Faraway Places.” Along with family vacations to Nantucket Island and the Outer Banks, he also traveled extensively all over the world with his loving wife. Cruises to tropical islands and the Mediterranean, trips to Alaska, Paris, Tahiti and numerous landmarks throughout the United States were just some of the many places he visited.
Jim was a true and kind friend to all, generous to a fault, and had a sense of humor that knew no bounds. He enjoyed being the center of attention wherever he went - even when he didn't try to be (which was rare!). He engaged everyone with his warmth, his quick wit, charisma and countless stories. That is how he was and how he will be remembered.
There is so much more we could say about Jim (and he would want us to!). This extraordinary and memorable man - Son, Husband, Daddy, Papa, Brother, Cousin and Friend -- will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. He will live in our hearts forever...
Calling hours for friends and family will be held at the Nickel Funeral Home, 3626 Shermans Valley Road, Loysville, PA 17047 on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 beginning at 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, there will be a Celebration of Life Service for Jim at the family homestead where it all began, Bubbling Springs Farm, beginning at 11 a.m.
Memorial donations in his name may be made to either The Boy Scouts of America, or the American Cancer Society.