James Moyer

Obituary of James Moyer

JAMES M. MOYER  – 80 – Of Northfield, NJ – passed away surrounded by family June 21, 2017 after a brief illness.  Born May 16, 1937 in Annville, PA, Jim Moyer was the son of Helen (Bennetch) and Howard Moyer. He was a graduate of Annville High School where he earned varsity letters in four sports, and Gettysburg College where he majored in Mathematics and Physical Education, played varsity soccer and basketball, and was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. In 1960 he received his Bachelor of Science and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army where he served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer. In 1962 he married his college sweetheart, Claire Kreutz of Northfield, NJ, who joined him at Fort Dix until he received an honorable discharge as a First Lieutenant after three years of active duty. Jim and Claire returned to Northfield, where he began his career in the insurance business by joining his father-in-law’s firm, Jackson and Kreutz, Inc., in Pleasantville, NJ.  Jim continued with the firm that he eventually owned and operated for many years. Jim was actively involved in his community: he was honored in 2008 by  Habitat for Humanity for his many years of service as its insurance consultant; was treasurer of the Northfield Historical Society; belonged to the Mainland Jaycees and Northfield-Linwood Lions. Jim was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Linwood, NJ, where he served faithfully as treasurer for thirty-six years. Jim and Claire were active volunteer alumni of Gettysburg College, serving in many capacities including as members of the Board of Fellows and the Commission on the Future. They were enthusiastic travelers, devoted both to education and service. They joined Pastors for Peace in a service trip to Chiapas, Mexico, where they distributed donated medical supplies, clothing and goods to outlying villages. Through Overseas Adventure Travel and Road Scholar they traveled to India, Israel, China, most of Europe and South and Central America. His favorite sites were the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids.  Jim was an avid tennis player and passionate about playing bridge, where he achieved the rank of Life Master in 1994.  Jim was pre-deceased by his parents, his brother Bruce (2016) and son Stephen (2014).  He is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Claire (Kreutz) Moyer; sons Robert (Bob) and wife, Noel, and their son Gage, of Salt Lake City, UT; David and wife Cindy and their sons John and Bradley of Tenafly, NJ; daughter Jennifer of New York City. In addition Jim is survived by his sister Louise Morrow, Lewisburg, PA; sister Joan (Gordon) Lehman of Venice, FL; brother Dan (Susan) Moyer of Nanticoke, PA; sister Carolyn (Nelson) Scharadin of Carmel, IN; sister-in-law Judy Moyer of Mifflinberg, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Jim will be missed by all who knew him including his cat, Tiger.  A visitation will be held Wednesday evening, June 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home, 1707 New Road, Linwood. The funeral service will be Thursday, June 29, at Central United Methodist Church, Linwood at 11:00 AM preceded by a visitation at the church beginning at 9:00 AM. Interment at Friends Central Cemetery will follow the service.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his memory to Central United Methodist Church, 5 Marvin Ave., Linwood, NJ 08221 or the charity of your choice.