James D. Mohney, 92, of Clearfield died on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at his home.
He was born on March 1, 1925 in Clearfield, a son of the late Donald L. and Gertrude (Burchfield) Mohney.
Mr. Mohney began his teaching career at Tyrone High School where he also served as the wrestling coach. After nine years, he moved to Long Branch, NJ where he taught for 19 years. At Long Branch, he started the wrestling program and was admitted to the NJ Shore Conference Coaching Hall of Fame. Mr. Mohney then moved back to Clearfield and was a teacher and became Vice Principal at Clearfield High School until his retirement in 1987.
Mr. Mohney had many accomplishments with his involvement in wrestling. He was twice named a state champion in high school wrestling at Clearfield High School. He was also an Allegany Senior and Junior AAU Champ along with becoming an EIWA Champ while wrestling for Penn State. Mr. Mohney was admitted to the Clearfield Chapter PA Sports Hall of Fame along with being a member of the PA Coaching Hall of Fame, PA District 9 Coaching Hall of Fame, Tyrone Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Penn State University Hall of Fame. Mr. Mohney not only coached wrestling, but was an official for twenty five years on both the high school and collegiate levels.
He was a member of the Clearfield American Legion John Lewis Shade Post #6 and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks #540. Mr. Mohney served with the US Army Air Corps during World War II completing 35 combat missions in the South Pacific as an Engineer Gunner.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou (Burgess) Mohney whom he wed October 8, 1949; four children, James L. Mohney and wife Doreen of Lewes, DE, Gary V. Mohney and wife Belinda of Montgomery, AL; Cindy L. Mohney of Bellefonte and Paula J. Kontier and husband John of Centre Hall; eleven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Mohney of Clearfield; and a sister, Betty Fargo of Clearfield.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Jack 'John Pinrose', William 'Bill', Robert 'Bob', and Richard 'Dick' Mohney; and three sisters, Edith Felt, Margaret Valimont and Mary Jane Smith.
Funeral services will be held at the Kevin A Beardsley Funeral Home, Clearfield on Saturday at 3 PM with Mr. Gary V. Mohney, son, officiating. Interment will be in the Crown Crest Memorial Park, Hyde at a later date, to be determined by the immediate family.
Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by the Honor Guard detail from Andrews Air Force Base.
Friends will be received at the funeral home on Saturday from 1-3 PM.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Clearfield Wrestling Club, PO Box 30, Clearfield, PA 16830.
To sign the on-line guest book go to www.beardsleyfuneralhome.com.