James M. Banic, Jr., age 89, of Southpoint Ln., Hempfield Twp., passed away Monday, December 17, 2018 in his residence.
He was born in Greenville on November 19, 1929 to James and Fanny (Kefurt) Banic. On September 23, 1950 he married the former Eve Kiskoski.
Jim was a 1947 graduate of Penn High School, served in the U.S. Army from 1948-1951 and was a 1957 graduate of Thiel College, with a B.S. In Physics. He was employed for thirty-five years at the former Westinghouse Electric Corp., where he worked in the Engineering Department. Jim was awarded two patents while at Westinghouse. After the closing of Westinghouse in 1984, Jim was employed until his retirement in 1993 with the Naval Sea Systems Command in Arlington, VA. He and his wife served as White House volunteers for twelve years.
Jim was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Greenville, was a past member of Greenville Rotary and had served as a Commissioner of Boy Scout Tropp #92. He had also served as a redcoat volunteer at UPMC Horizon Greenville and he had spent twelve years training karate, reaching the third degree of black belt.
Jim is survived by his wife; Eve Banic of Greenville, two daughters; Merrilee Banic of North Potomac, MD. and Jane Banic and her husband Russell Barnhardt of Pinellas Park, FL, a son; James Banic and his wife Marcy Brody of Gainesville, FL, a sister; Shirley Banic of San Jose, CA and a brother; Carl Banic and his wife Shirley of Cromwell, Conn. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A private service will be held in the chapel of St. Michael Cemetery. There will be no public services. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Greenville Public Library, 330 Main St., Greenville, PA 16125 or to St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 85 N. High St., Greenville, PA 16125.