James Ray Chase, 85, of Claysville passed away on April 25, 2020. Born March 21, 1935, in Taylorstown he was the son of the late Walter and Genevieve (Gheen), Chase Barnett. Jim was a 1954 graduate of Avella High School. He married Mary Kowcheck Chase on September 5, 1964. They celebrated 55 years together this past fall. Jim was retired from J&L Steel (L.T.V). He worked at Walmart after retiring from the steel mill. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had an honorable discharge. Jim was a faithful Christian, his children enjoyed his Bible readings before dinner growing up. He loved his church family, he volunteered when he could and even rang the Salvation Army bell. Jim was a man of few words but had a generous heart. He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren with his whole heart. He was a great gardener, providing canned goods and fresh vegetables to many. He won many blue ribbons in the Washington and West Alexander Fair. In his later years he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events, he was very proud of them all. Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons James Edward Chase (Brandy) of Claysville, Jonathan Walter Chase (Lea) of Avella, and his daughter Rita Marie Seng (Regis) of Washington, and one “adopted” son Mike Fullen (Renee) of Avella, 10 grandchildren, Andrea, Briar, and Emily Chase; Nicholas and Alton Chase; Regis, Rubie, Reece, Jorja, and Cassidy Seng, along with many nieces and nephews and two sister-in-laws Kay Chase and Myrtle Barnett. James is proceeded in death with one brother Charles Allen Chase, Step-father Orville Barnett, and one stepbrother Worthy Barnett. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’ memory to Fairhill Manor Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Young Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. 219 Main St. Claysville Pa. 15323 (724) 663-7373. youngfhinc.com
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