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James Tusing

James E. "Jim" Tusing

Tuesday, September 6th, 1949 - Saturday, June 5th, 2021
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James Edward Tusing, Sr., 71 of McAlisterville, PA, was welcomed home by His Heavenly Father early Saturday morning, June 5th, 2021.

Born on September 6th, 1949 in York, PA, he was the son of Edward Tusing and Annabell “Jo” (Billet) Tusing. On April 4th, 1971, he married the love of his life, and best friend, Donna Jean (Sankey) Tusing, whom he was blessed to celebrate 50 years of marriage with this year.

Jim was a memorable, one of a kind man, who left a lasting impact on everyone he came in contact with. He valued time with God, his family and friendships, and always appreciated the little things, even in his dinner time prayers. He also never turned down a good meal or a seafood buffet.

By far, Jim’s proudest accomplishment was becoming a father, and raising his two sons, supporting them in their athletics, marriages and children. In his latest years, Jim found his greatest joy in spending time and making memories with his grandchildren. He shared a special bond with each one, and was their biggest fan, always being present for their events and activities.

He was a man of few words at times, but was well known for his one liners, goofy humor, and teaching life lessons. If you were blessed to be a close family member or friend, or were coached by him, you were likely dubbed with an unforgettable nickname; one of his trademarks.

He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. You could often find Jim in some of his favorite places - the woods, hunting shack, or on the boat at the river, New York, Vermont or Canada with his sons, grandchildren, brother, or best buddies.

Jim proudly served in the United States Air Force from September 1968 to April 1971, with a tour in Korea, and continued in the Reserves several years following.

He was active in the McAlisterville Lions Club, the Lost Creek Trout Club, McAlisterville town soccer, and little league baseball. Most recently, Jim was an assistant coach for JCS girls’ basketball. He also coached the East Juniata High School girls’ basketball team, proudly leading them to multiple Tri-Valley League titles, district wins and state qualifiers. He had a passion for coaching, and held a special place in his heart for his players.

Jim loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and was an active member of the East Salem United Methodist Church, where he participated as a Sunday school teacher.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Jean (Sankey) Tusing, of McAlisterville; two sons, James Edward Tusing, Jr. and wife, Kimberly Tusing of Thompsontown, and Joseph Sankey Tusing and wife, Holly Tusing of Mifflintown; three grandchildren, James (Trey) Edward Tusing, III, Olivia Tusing, and Ainsley Tusing; one sister, Joanie Tusing of McAlisterville; two brothers, Jeff Tusing and wife, Laurie of Florida and Jack Tusing of McAlisterville; two nieces and two nephews; and many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his grandson, Cullen Tusing.

Jim was loved beyond measure, respected by many, and will be greatly missed by all.

A graveside memorial service will be held at the East Salem, Otterbein Cemetery on Wednesday, June 9th at 10:00 am where full military burial honors will be accorded by the Juniata County Veterans Council. The services will be open to anyone who wishes to share in Jim’s memorial. A fellowship meal will be held immediately following the service in the East Salem United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the East Salem United Methodist Missions Fund, 7398 Rt. 235 Mifflintown, PA 17059 or the Lost Creek Trout Club, c/o Tim Hower, Arch Rock Rd. Mifflintown, PA 17059.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc. , 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.

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    Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 10:00am
    East Salem Cemetery
    R.R. #1
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    Pastor David McElwee


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Gail, Emmett, Emmett Jr. , Shane, and Brendan Davis

Posted at 12:27pm
In loving memory of Jim Tusing -the biggest fan of God's greatest gifts: family and nature. May he rest in eternal peace wrapped in the love of God.

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Jim Smith

Posted at 06:02pm
I have so many great memories of times spent with Jim Tusing. On my many trips back to McAlisterville over the years it was a great moment for me when i would encounter Jim. He always had a smile on his face and a warm greeting. My deepest heartfelt condolences to all of Jim's family, you are in my prayers.

Wenda Smith

Posted at 05:59pm
With fond memories of Jim especially from our days of youth, my love and prayers are for comfort and hope in the promise of the resurrection for Donna and all the Tusing family. May God hold you in the shelter of his arms, and cover you with His Peace.
Wenda Smith

Caryl and Jerry Spease

Posted at 08:58am
The world has lost a truly “Good Guy”. You never left Jim’s presence without a smile in your heart. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Donna and family.
Jerry and Caryl Spease

Jim Hutchinson

Posted at 07:33pm
Deeply saddened to hear of Jim's passing, Donna and the entire family are and will remain in our thoughts and prayers. People often say how somebody is one of a kind, but this guy was the real deal. The Jim Tusing I remember was fearless, fiercely loyal, and was perhaps the most honest person I've ever known. He plainly said what he meant and meant what he said, and never shied away from letting you know exactly what was on his mind. He was strong in body, will and spirit. He always put in more than he took out, and was always there for his friends - you could always depend on him. Jim and I met for breakfast the last time I was home at Thanksgiving to reminisce and catch up with one another, and after all these years he was pretty much the same person he was when we were growing up. It's comforting to know he's with the Lord in Heaven, but this world suffered a loss with his passing and he will truly be missed. Nobody will forget about Jim Tusing.

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