James (Jim) C. Hauser, 68, of Latrobe, died suddenly on Monday, November 4, 2019 at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born October 15, 1951, in Latrobe, the eldest son of the late John and Barbara (Hines) Hauser. Prior to retirement, Jim was a lifetime carpenter/member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 432 and was in partnership with his brother Dave in their company Erwen Builders for many years. He was a member of the Holy Family Church and the Latrobe FOE Eagles. Jim enjoyed history and annually making toys in his “Santa’s Workshop” for his family’s youngest members. Jim was a skilled carpenter and used his talents to assist any neighbor who needed his help. His service to his God was displayed in his kind and loving care for his family and his neighbors. He was a loving husband and will be greatly missed by each of us, his family. Besides his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his granddaughter Aubrey Lucas. Jim was survived by his loving wife of 37 years Erma J. (Moore) Lucas Hauser of Latrobe; five children James D. Lucas and wife Carol of Derry, Jeffrey D. Lucas and wife Linda of Brentwood, CA, Linda D. Mook and husband Wesley of Georgetown, SC, Lisa D. Fodor and husband Paul of Blairsville, Donald J. Lucas and wife Tricia of Statesville, NC; four brothers John M. Hauser and wife Carol of Latrobe, David C. Hauser and wife Wendy of Blairsville, Joseph A. Hauser and wife Patty of Latrobe, and Daniel P. Hauser and wife Anita of Latrobe, three sisters Jody S. Lowman and husband Rick of Latrobe, Elizabeth Kingman of Picacho, AZ, and Jenny A. Harr and companion Eric Depree of Latrobe; 14 grandchildren Dusty, Josh and wife Shannon, Erin, Jennifer and husband Chuck, Sarah and husband Rob, Jimmy, Greg, Sam, Henry, Shane, Allie and husband Christian, Stephanie and husband Andrew, Emily, and Brett; 19 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Family will receive friends for Jim’s Life Celebration 6-8 PM Wednesday November 6, 2019 and 2-8 PM Thursday November 7, 2019 in the Matthew X. Merlin Funeral Home, Inc. 529 N. Chestnut St. Derry 724-694-8331. A funeral mass will be celebrated for Jim 1:00 PM Friday November 8, 2019 in the Holy Family Church, Latrobe with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Unity Cemetery, Latrobe. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff in the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital Emergency Room and Mutual Aid Ambulance Service. Online condolences may be made to www.merlinfuneralhome.com.
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