Obituary for James L. Doane | Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd
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James L. Doane

November 16, 1940 ~ March 4, 2019 (age 78)

James L. Doane, age 78, of Wellsboro, passed away peacefully, with family by his side, on Monday, March 4, 2019, at UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro. He married his wife of 58 years, Catherine (Shelmire) Doane, on October 8, 1960. He was born on November 16, 1940, in Wellsboro, the son of the late J. Everett and Mary (Lyon) Doane.

Jim graduated from Wellsboro High School and primarily worked farming his family farms. He was also employed by Delmar Township, where he maintained and completed many projects throughout the township. He was a member of the Arnot Sportsmen’s Club, Canyon Camping Club and Canyon Squares square dancing club. He thoroughly enjoyed woodworking and produced many quality pieces that he gifted to family and friends. Jim loved the outdoors, whether he was camping, hunting, gardening or simply mowing the lawn. He was an avid NASCAR fan and most importantly, he appreciated the quality time spent with his family. He will be missed by family and friends for his friendly nature and willingness to always lend a hand.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Catherine Doane, of Wellsboro; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin & Tonya Doane, of Wellsboro; daughters and sons-in-law, Debra & Frank Persia, of Pittsburgh, and Sandra & Paul Hallock, of Elmira; grandchildren, Kristin, Lynanne, Kaylee and Kara; step-grandsons, Louis and Frank; step-great grandchildren, Anthony, Louis, Angela and Frank; sisters, Mary Ellen Boudreau and Ardell Young; sister-in-law, Dorothy Doane; several nieces & nephews; many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Francis Doane, and sister, Catherine Ann Doane.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Jim’s name to the Canyon Squares, c/o Earl Kinter, 69 Plaza Road, Middlebury Center, PA 16935.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, March 8, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 12 noon, at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., 139 Main Street, Wellsboro. Jim’s funeral service will immediately follow at 12 noon and burial will be held in the West Branch Cemetery, Delmar Twp. To share your fondest memories of Jim, please visit

Donations may be made to:

The Canyon Squares
69 Plaza Road, Middlebury Center PA 16935

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