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James Joseph DeCleene

November 25, 1961 ~ September 10, 2019 (age 57)

James Joseph DeCleene, age 57, of Wayne, PA, passed away on September 10, 2019.
Jim was born in South Bend, IN on November 25, 1961 to the late Frank Martin Jr. and Dolores Marie
DeCleene. Jim was the devoted husband to Sarah (nee Marttila) DeCleene, his wife of 31 years, and
loving father to their 3 children, Joe of Carlsbad, CA, Hannah (Nhat Do) of Wayne, PA, and John of
Singapore.
Jim is also survived by his siblings, Scott DeCleene (Michele) of Mishawaka, Sherry DeCleene of Reno,
Tom DeCleene (Kris) of Tampa, Doug DeCleene (Connie) of Mishawaka, Chuck DeCleene of Hardeeville,
SC, Bud DeCleene (Kate) of Kokomo and Rob DeCleene of South Bend, IN, as well as numerous nieces
and nephews.
He attended Indiana University where he met Sarah and then went on to earn his MBA at Northwestern
University.
Jim built a successful life with Sarah and their 3 children. He spent the majority of his career working for
FMC in Philadelphia and subsequently, for DuPont following a segment acquisition. Jim was proud to
travel and live abroad with his family in all parts of the world including Hong Kong, Guadalajara, Mexico,
and Shanghai. In addition, they took this opportunity to travel to destinations including New Zealand,
Thailand, and France.
Jim lived a very active lifestyle and enjoyed swimming, golfing, biking, and running. During his lifetime
he ran a total 10 marathons, notably qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
He loved caring for all things, especially his dogs, house, and yard. Jim also enjoyed discussing
astronomy, history, and sports. Additionally, he made time to attend his favorite sporting events
including the US Open and seeing his beloved Chicago Cubs win the World series.
He will always be remembered for his devotion to The Grateful Dead, travelling as often as he could to
see them play.
Jim was adored by many and his quick, subtle wit was second to none. His thoughtful, outreaching
demeanor gave him the ability to brighten up any situation. Our memories of him will be cherished
forever.
Friends & Family are invited to Jim’s visitation on Sat. Sept. 14, 2019, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM followed by
his funeral service at 1:00 PM at The Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite
102, Philadelphia, PA 19106, www.alz.org

 


Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer’s Association
399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia PA 19106
Web: http://www.alz.org/delval


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