Calling Hours:
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:00-7:00pm
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA

Funeral Service:
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7:00pm
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. Julia Fraser, Chaplain of St. Paul's, officiating

Inurnment of cremains will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery

James E. Foreman, Jr., age 94, of St. Paul's, passed away Saturday afternoon, December 3, 2016 in UPMC Horizon Greenville. 

He was born in Keyser, WV on July 23, 1922 to James E. Foreman, Sr. and Viola (Jones) Foreman.  He was a 1940 graduate of Piedmont High School, served as a 1st Lieutenant with the Engineering Division of the U.S. Army during WWII and received his Civil Engineering Degree from West Virginia University in 1948.

Jim was employed for thirty-three years in the Engineering Department with the Bessemer & Lake Erie Rail Road. He was a member of Zion's Reformed U.C.C., Greenville and as a Mason he was a member of F&AM Davis Lodge  #51, Keyser, WV and the Scottish Rite and Legion of Honor, New Castle.

Jim also held membership with Reynolds VFW Post #7599, American Legion Post #140, the Mercer County Motor Club and the WVU Alumni Assoc. 

On November 19, 1948 he married the former Mary Roberts Patrick, she passed away on June 21, 1996. 

Survivors include a son, James E. Foreman III and his wife Anne Marie of Greenville, SC, a daughter, Susan Mitchell and her husband Matt of Wichita Falls, TX, a granddaughter, Mary Helen Mascimento and great grandchild, Michael Luth. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a sister, Evelyn Dick.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's, 339 E. Jamestown Rd., Greenville, PA 16125. 



  1. Randy Parker Randy Parker
    December 6, 2016    

    Mr. Foreman is one of the greatest men that I have been blessed to know in my life. I have been blessed by the love that he and Mrs. Foreman shared with each other, how much they loved their family, and with the love that they shared with me. I learned so much about engineering and life from him as he mentored me. May the Love of Our Heavenly Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit comfort his family and friends in this time. I know that Heaven has gotten even more special as Mr. Foreman is now safely home and back with Mrs. Foreman. We will meet again in Heaven, Praise the Lord!

  2. Cindy Hall Cindy Hall
    December 6, 2016    

    You have my deepest sympathy on your loss.

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    December 7, 2016    

    Jim was my boss during the seven years I was a Bridge & Building Department Supervisor on the B&LE. He was always candid and outspoken with everyone. He was helpful and supportive to me. Once he had held the same Supervisor position that I later filled (in Butler) and he shared his broad experiences and managerial insights with me.
    Some folks thought Jim could be a bit of a tough taskmaster. I found that if you did your best and were open and honest with Jim, you’d never have a better mentor and supporter.
    I look back on my years working for Jim as some of the best I had while working for the U.S. Steel Railroad Companies.
    My friend, fellow railroader Larry Murdock and I last visited Jim at St. Paul’s a few months ago. Our visits with him were always enjoyable with lots of reminiscing. Jim was still “sharp as a tack” even at his advanced age. We were planning to visit him again in the near future but now that is not to be. I’ll always remember Jim for those good years and I’ll remember him in my prayers.

    Larry Diersen

  4. joan wentling joan wentling
    December 7, 2016    

    I first heard the name Jim Foreman from my father in law and my husband who both worked for the Bessemer . My father -in -law Parke Wentling always spoke well of him. I became acquainted with him when he was at the Ridgewood at Saint Pauls”s. Our trio would sing once a month for entertainment for the residents and he seemed to enjoy the music. He was also a member of our church. Zion’s Reformed UCC in Greenville. too. Although he was limited in communication because of hearing loss, he always had a ready smile.. You all must have been proud of him.
    Joan Wentling, Parish Nurse at Zion’s Reformed Church.

  5. Joseph DellaValle Joseph DellaValle
    December 7, 2016    

    Sorry for your loss Jim

  6. Carolyn Patrick Serfass Carolyn Patrick Serfass
    December 8, 2016    

    So sorry that my cousins, Susan and Jim, have lost their father. My Uncle Jim was always a solid, pleasant presence in our family events whether in Greenville, Maryland, or Michigan. He and my Aunt Mary Roberts enjoyed such a full, active life together. I have such good memories of him. That big cloud of memories will be cherished. Sending extra hugs to Susan, Jim, Anne Marie, Mary Helen, Michael, and Matt.

  7. Jon and Robin Snyder Jon and Robin Snyder
    December 14, 2016    

    Jim was a wonderful mentor to me as my supervisor at the B&LE both for work and for life. He taught me many things about people and management. I remember him putting Don K to one of his “tests” the first time they met and I got to tell Don later that he passed. Some of his stories and sayings will live in infamy in my mind – like the Bridge 5 “abortion”. My wife and I enjoyed visiting him many times at St Paul’s and we will miss those times. His mind was sharp at our last visit this fall and I’ll alway remember the way he would look away while he thought of his answer and then look back with a smile, smirk, or frown depending on what he decided to say. I know you will have many good memories to cherish. May God Bless.

  8. Richard G. Patrick Richard G. Patrick
    December 20, 2016    

    Sorry we lost Big Jim. As his brother-in-law, I got to know Jim when he married my bib sister, Mary Roberts. We were thrilled when Susan and Jimmy arrived to be part of the family and then Mary Helen was added too! Much love to all of you guys from Uncle Patty.

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