James W. Murnaghan, 80, of Warren, died on Thursday, July 15, 2021, following a lengthy illness, at his residence.
Jim was born Nov. 11, 1940, in Ridgway, Pa., the son of the late Henry and Mary Dietz Murnaghan.
He was a 1960 graduate of Ridgway High School and Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa., later becoming a machinist. Jim was employed as a toolmaker at Osram Sylvania in Warren for many years, contributing to the success of new products, retiring in 1998.
Jim enjoyed travelling, having travelled to Europe with his cousin, Gregg more than 20 times. He was very interested in mechanical things and had a small machine shop on his property after his retirement. He was also a published author in various machining periodicals.
Attending shows in Cold Springs, Pa., where old single stroke gas engines were displayed, was a favorite pastime. Gas well pumps used in the oil industry were also fascinating to him. James was very interested in World War II and visited Normandy many times. He liked nothing better than to tell stories of his trips abroad and to share with family around the campfire his many photos.
He is survived by his cousins and many friends.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Ann Murnaghan.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 20, at St. Leo’s Cemetery, Ridgway, Pa., at 11 a.m.