James R. Gum, 79, of Weirton, WV died Saturday August 1, 2009, at the Weirton Medical Center. He was born on December 13, 1929, in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late Evan Brennan and Frankie Gladys Clevenger Gum. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Summers Gum; a son, James Michael Gum; and his brother, Brennan Duane "Dick" Gum. With over 30 years of service, Jim retired from Weirton Steel, where he was a foreman in the Blast Furnace. When he was not working, Jim loved to hunt and fish. Jim is survived by his son, Robert A. and Sarah Hans of New Cumberland, WV; four daughters, Belinda Sue and Gary Mull, and Priscella Paar all of Weirton; Jeri Ann and Tim Hiett of Mount Gilead, OH, and Judith and Joe B. Patrello of Moundsville, WV; a sister, Mona Lee Morgan of Big Isaac, WV; 13 grandchildren, Jeffrey Michael Mull, Elisha Ann Paar, Danielle Elizabeth Hiett, Tabitha Lynn Hiett, Cindy Patrello, Tony Patrello, Stephanie Dobbs, Jarrett Lee Gum, Vincent Patrello, Joe C. Patrello, Jessica Dobbs, Jessica Louise Nutter, and Robert Anthony Hans 18 great grandchildren; his great friends in life, Ralph Wise, Rob Robinson, and his cousin Robert Clevenger and his wife Linda; his many, many hunting and fishing friends. Visitation will be 2-4 & 6-8 PM Monday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, where funeral services will be held 12 Noon on Tuesday. Pastor James Rhodes will preside. Interment will follow at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com

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  1. To the family of Jim Gum, Please accept our sympathy in you loss. I am also retired from the blast furnance where Jim worked. He was a great foreman and friend most of all. I know that you will miss him much. He was honest truthful and one you could rely on for help. Sincerely, Joe Labutis 1061 Stewart Street Newark, Ohio 43055

  2. To the family of Mr. Jim Gum: My father, Henry Giannamore, worked for Jim in the blast furnace for many years. He spoke very highly of him and said he was a great foreman and a good man. I am sure there are many Weirton Steel men who remember Mr. Gum. Please accept my family’s condolences.

  3. Dear Belinda,Gary,and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Pap you mean the world to me. I have so many memories of you and gran. Thank you for all you two did for me. You taught me so much about life. I never wanted to disappoint you. A day will never pass that I wont think of you. I am at peace with the life you lived, and thats my comfort. I know our goodbye is not forever, but the thought of never seeing you on this earth again breaks my heart. My children and I prayed for you every night, now you can watch over us. You were wise, strong, and a wonderful person. (we cant leave out stubborn). I am thankful that i had such a wonderful pap and gran. time will pass and the pain will lessen but the love i have for you will never die. Love always, Your Ellie (peepsqueak)

  5. Pap not a day goes by that i dont think of you.a good honest man that i learned alot from, from all the talks on the porch that i use in everyday life.i will miss you and gran so much and will never be forgotten. love you always jasper

  6. Pap some months have now passed, but the pain is still here. I miss you dearly. You were such an important part of my life. Everyday I used to call you and tell you the daily happenings and i reach for the phone, but your number is now disconnected. You visit me in my dreams. You told me you are okay and everything will be alright, and i trust you. You are honest. I told you before you died what you meant to me, and i meant every word. Miss you and gran so much, Love, your Ellie

  7. Today makes one year since you left us and went to walk with the maker. But not a day goes by, that you do not fill my thoughts. Not a day goes by, that i dont recall a memory with you and my gran. You were the greatest man who has ever entered my life. We shared many conversations and i knew you would never want to continue suffering the way you were. You were strong and fought until the last breathe you took. To me you will always be somebody i admire. Thanks for all that you taught me. Thanks for everything. Though you are no longer on this earth, i still have the same love for you and gran, and i feel you will live forever in my heart. Love your Ellie

  8. Today marks 2 years I have not heard your voice or seen your face, but i feel your presence always. You and Gran meant the world to me. Thanks for all the wonderful memories. You are and were the greatest man I know. Though I cant be with you now, I find comfort in knowing we will be together one day Love you always…your ellie

  9. Three years ago today you left this world. I think of you everyday my dear Pap. Im so thankful to have had you and Gran in my life. I cant wait until we reunite forever in Heaven. I miss stopping at your house everyday. You never let me down. So many changes have happened in my life and I wish you and Gran were here to share them. Love always Your Ellie

  10. This website was being worked on August 1st, which marked four years since you left us. I love you so much Pap. I was truly blessed to have you and gran. I have so many wonderful memories of you both. I find comfort in knowing that we will all be together one day, but it still hurts not having you now. Thanks for everything. I miss you alot.

    Love you

    Your Ellie

  11. 7 years ago you left this world and mine has never been the same. Now bub is with you and gran. I miss all of you terribly. Thank you for always being there for me. I love you pap.

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