James Emil Wortman, Sr., 72, of Athens, Pennsylvania passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020 at Robert Packer Hospital, Pennsylvania. He was born and raised in Jersey City, was stationed in Colorado during his Military Career, lived in Northern NJ, and settled to Athens, PA in 1998. He enjoyed camping in the mountains and was an avid hunter in his youth. James worked as a Mechanic in the Township of Englewood and bravely served in the United States Air Force. He had a passion for firearms, which led to him joining the Sayer Sportsmen's Gun Club. James was a fun loving, carefree guy, and was known for helping his friends at Page Manor. James coached his son William in football and was Cub Master for his son’s William and Joey. Above all, he was a loving family man who was devoted to spending time with his family. James always had a smile and seemed to be so happy with his life.
He was predeceased by his parents, Emil Wortman in 1997 and Doris Wortman in 2005; sister, Doris Maita in 2015; and brother, Gregory Wortman in 2018. James is survived by his four sons, James Wortman and his wife, Mandi of Freehold, Ryan Wortman and his wife, Jill of Castle Rock, Colorado, William Wortman and his wife, Meghan of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and Joseph Wortman of Burlington, Vermont; eleven grandchildren; siblings, Craig Wortman of Queens, NY , Keith Wortman of Secaucus, NJ, Pam Young of Highland Lakes, NJ, and Roger Wortman of Secaucus, NJ.
Visitation will be held at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township on Monday, November 30, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:30 PM with his funeral service to follow. Interment will be private. For the safety of the public and our staff, we are asking everyone to help us adhere to the CDC guidelines. Facemasks will be required. For information, directions, or to leave condolence messages to the family, please visit www.claytonfuneralhome.com