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James W. Behler Jr.
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James W. Behler Jr., 85, of Lehighton passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Campus. He was the husband of Doris (Buck) Behler and they would have celebrated their 62nd wedding Anniversary on January 14th. Born in Lehighton he was the son of the late James W. Sr. and Grace (Greene) Behler. He was a 1950 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and a graduate of Stevens Trade School, Lancaster, in Carpentry and was an outstanding lineman on the Stevens football team.
He was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1953-55 with the Radio and Message Center Operation Company.
James worked as a Roll Turner for Bethlehem Steel for many years, retiring in 1992. Previously, he worked as a carpenter in the Lehigh Valley.
He was a member of Jerusalem United Church of Christ in Trachsville, where he previously served on Consistory, a member of the Lehighton F&AM Masonic Lodge #621, a 32nd Degree Mason with the Lehigh Consistory in Allentown, a member of the Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club and Dart Team and a member of the NRA.
James was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time in the outdoors. He was also a Penn State football and New York Yankees baseball fan.
He is survived by his Wife, Sons; Gary husband of Jamie of Georgetown, TN and Eric of Lehighton, Daughter; Elise wife of Kevin Binder of Trachsville, Grandchildren, Brittany and Jared Behler and Matthew Binder and Brother; Lynn husband of Patricia. He was predeceased by his Brother; Earl Behler and his Sister; Cynthia Mertz
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 12th at 11AM at Jerusalem UCC 545 Church Dr. Palmerton with the Reverend Kathryn Foster officiating, Calling Friday, January 12th from 9:45AM-10:45AM with a Masonic Service to follow at 10:45AM at the church. Committal will be private and at the convenience of the family. Schaeffer Funeral Home, Lehighton, in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Jerusalem UCC 545 Church Drive Palmerton, PA 18071

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11:00 AM
Jersualem UCC

545 Church Drive
Palmerton, PA 18071

Calling Friday, January 12th from 9:45-10:45AM with a Masonic Service to follow at 10:45AM at the Church. Committal will be private and at the convenience of the family


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