CATONSVILLE, MD — James Henry LaHart, 89, of Catonsville, Md., died on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.
Born Aug. 6, 1920 in Lake Placid, Mr. LaHart was the oldest of four children of Henry and Anna (Murphy) LaHart. He graduated in 1939 from Lake Placid High School and attended Wagner College in Staten Island on a football scholarship.
He met his future wife, Jean Oeder of the Bronx at Wagner. In his senior year, Jim joined the USMC and his duties began immediately after he graduated from Wagner in 1943.
Mr. LaHart began his Marine Corps training in Parris Island, S.C., and served in the South Pacific at the Battles of Peleliu and Angaur with the 7th and 10th Defense (AA) Battalion where he earned his Captain’s Bars. He returned home from World War II in 1945, and married Jean on October 5, 1946.
The couple moved to Baltimore, Md., and began his employment with Diebold Safe & Lock Co. Jim was the top salesman not only on the East Coast, but in the United States for many years. He became the district manager for the East/Central District until his retirement 37 years later in 1983.
Jim loved his family and called his children his gems. Family times were the best to him, bringing his family back to his hometown and showing them his beautiful Adirondack Mountains and staying at his brother Bob’s camp in Hoel Pond. He caddied at the Lake Placid Golf Club when he was younger, and enjoyed playing the course when he returned for visits. He also loved to play ice hockey at The Arena for the Lake Placid High School.
Jim is survived by his wife of 64 years; children, Nancy McKay of Chicago, Ill., John LaHart and wife Linda, Daniel LaHart and wife Sally, Teresa Thurston and husband John, and Mark LaHart and wife Sheri all of the Baltimore, Md., area; brother Gerald and wife Betty, of Malone; four nieces; a nephew; and numerous cousins.
He had 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a grandson; a great-grandson; his brother Bob LaHart and wife Pat of Lake Placid; and a sister Kathleen Stowell and husband Ken, of Syracuse.
There will be a memorial Mass on July 18 at 9:30 a.m., at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Lake Placid.