James Forrest Hobbs, 80, of Edinboro, died Saturday, May 2, 2015 at his home. He was born in Pease, OH on July 23, 1934, the son of the late Forrest J. and Renda J. (Hayes) Hobbs.
He was a past owner of Hobbs Lumber Company in Edinboro from 1962 until his retirement in 1996.
Jim loved to fish, hunt, travel, play slots at the casino, and mow his 14 acre lawn twice a week. He was a supporter of many organizations, donating money and time. He would drive for the Shriner's Hospital in Erie, shuttling children to and from Pittsburgh. Jim would take all his old books and magazines to the Soldier's and Sailor's Home in Erie for the veterans to enjoy.
He was a member of the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Drakes Mills, the Oasis Lodge #416 F&AM, of Edinboro and the Erie Zem Zem Shrine.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joyce M. (Pyle) Hobbs in 2013, a son, Richard “Dick” Hobbs, a granddaughter, Angela Hobbs, two sisters, Tracy Hobbs and Nancy Ploszaj.
Survivors include a son, “Skeeter” Hobbs and his wife, Cindra, of Edinboro; three daughters, Debora Oster and her husband, Bernie, of Cambridge Springs; Laura “Lori” Sloan of Girard; and Jean Hobbs (Chris Gebhardt) of Edinboro; also 7 grandchildren, Michael, Jason, Crystal, Matthew, Katelynn, Brandi, and Aaron; 4 great-grandchildren and two great-grand dogs and a great-grand kitty.
Friends may call at the Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 210 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25812 Mt Pleasant Rd, Cambridge Springs, on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Brian Riddle officiating. A Masonic service will be held on Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m.
Burial will be in Edinboro Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the VNA Hospice, 2253 W. Grandview Blvd, Erie, PA 16506.