James Ronald Pifer, 73, of Elkins, passed away on April 17, 2012, following a year-long battle with lung cancer.
He was born Dec. 8, 1938, at Waynesboro, Pa., a son of the late Elmer C. Pifer and Nancy P. Postlethwaite Pifer.
On Dec. 30, 1961, at Arlington, Va., he was married to Susan Andrea Cook, who survives.
He is also survived by one daughter, Sandra P. Davis and husband, Rick, of Wilmington, Del.; and one son, James R. Pifer Jr. and wife, Jody Hobbs, of Philadelphia Pa.; and two grandchildren, Jessica and James of Philadelphia. In addition, he is survived by one sister, Patricia Niess; and two nieces, all of Michigan.
Jim graduated from Pennsylvania State University. Following service in the U.S. Coast Guard. he was employed by the U.S. Forest Service in 1962. He was assigned to several different locations in Oregon and Washington. In 1978, he accepted the position of forest engineer on the Monongahela National Forest and moved to Elkins. He had that position until his retirement in 1995. At that time, he joined his wife, Sue, in their family business, where he was active until the time of his illness.
Jim was a talented woodworker, a lifelong stamp collector and enjoyed travelling, especially with his family. He was a longtime member of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church.
At Mr. Pifer's request, his remains were cremated. Friends may call from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 23, at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elkins. A memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Monday from the church with the Rev. Kevin Starcher officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, 450 S. Randolph Ave., Elkins, WV 26241 or to Hospice Care Corp?, P.O. Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520, in memory of Mr. Pifer. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for James Ronald Pifer. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.