James B. Kirschner, 93, of Moundsville, WV passed away peacefully on January 14, 2020. He was born in Sharon, PA, on June 15, 1926 and was the son of the late Gale R. and Catherine B. Kirschner. Jim was a graduate of Scott High School, North Braddock, PA. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the early 1940's and later served as a Scout Master. Jim was a Navy Veteran and attended Villanova College under the U.S. Navy V-12 College Training Program. He later graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and was a registered professional mechanical engineer. Jim spent his adult life in Moundsville, WV until April 2019, when he moved to Hagerstown, MD.
Jim's Engineering career spanned decades, including working at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel for 30 years, retiring from there in 1986. He was awarded several patents for the design of processing steel material while at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel.
Following his retirement, he worked as a consultant for Cabin Creek, Inc. He utilized his computer drafting skills to design various machine components, manufacturing processes and quality control systems.
Jim had a natural ability to understand how things work and could fix anything which brought him much enjoyment. Jim created many special and unique items on his computer and in his workshop. He would make duplicates of these items and happily gifted them to his family and friends.
Jim could sing many songs backwards, wrote family poems, enjoyed helping kids with their math homework and loved reading his westerns many times over. He loved listening to music and sharing it with others. He and his wife Rosemary enjoyed collecting and restoring antiques and were avid auction goers. His mathematical mind never quit. Even towards the end of his life, he would ask Google and Alexa complex math problems.
Jim is survived by his four children, Thomas Kirschner (Carol), Catherine Drummond, Carol Reid (Barry) and Edward Kirschner; grandchildren, Jenifer (JP), Lane (Rachel), Colin (Katie) and Evan; great grandchildren, Patrick, Morgan, Jack and Julianna; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife Rosemary and his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Ashbaugh Cray; brother, Robert G. Kirschner; nieces, Ruth Ann Carmichael McCulley, Susan Lynn Carmichael and Constance Sheridan Hefner; and great grandson, John Andrew Holko.
In accordance with Jim's wishes, his funeral arrangements are private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Simpson United Methodist Church, 800 7th Street, Moundsville, WV 26041.
It was my privilege to have met The decedent and to assist him in purchasing a new computer. He was a quick learner and a true intellectual. I know his daughter Catherine and I’ve heard stories of him over the years. I know he will be missed greatly by friends and family. It was a privilege to have known him.
HAGERSTOWN , MD
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Your dad was a joy to know and he and your mother always made me feel special. He had a wonderful sense of humor.
Hagerstown , MD