James Calvin “Jim” Brocht, 83, of Upper Turkeyfoot Twp., died February 21, 2020 at his residence. Born on the Brocht Dairy Farm, in the Mt. Union Area, on December 28, 1936. Son of Roy Henry and Olive (Liphart) Brocht, grandson of Bruce and Mary (Fisher) Brocht and J.C. “Cal” and Mary (Brougher) Liphart. His first name came form is fathers cousin James “Took” Brocht of Meyersdale. He was a town cop and fire chief and a very active person in Meyersdale. His middle name came from grandfather John Calvin Liphart who he spent many hours with growing up on the Brocht-Liphart farm. He attended Mt. Union School in Upper Turkeyfoot Twp, having Mildred Dumbauld as his teacher and later attended Somerset Joint High School where he graduated in 1954. Active in the school F.F.A .Program, it was where he would meet his wife to be, Shirley Ann Airesman, whom he would marry September 22, 1956, they were married for 63 ½ years. She was a daughter of Clark R. and Ida V. (Faidley) Airesman. After marrage, they moved in to Jim’s grandparents Liphart home and lived with them. They lived in the same home for 63 ½ years. Jim farmed and sold insurance in the later years for Everett Cash Mutual Insurance Co. Early in their marrage he plowed snow for Upper Turkeyfoot Twp. After retirement he spent a few summers at King and Bungard Saw Mill. Jim was a member of the New Centerville and Rural Volunteer Fire Co. since 1961. In the last 59 years he served in many offices, including Fire Chief and president and in later years served as Fire Police. He lived for the Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee where he was one of the chairmen for many years. They would work all summer to get ready for the Jubilee. He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church, Rockwood, treasurer of The Historic Mt. Union Church, where he was carried by his parents. Over 5 generations of his family attended church there. He also attended Casselman United Methodist Church in Casselman. He was director and Vice President of the board at Somerset Rural Electric for many years. He was also a director at the Somerset Agway or many years. He enjoyed being around people, especially the gang of friends at Rockwood Hardware. Jim is survived by wife, children, Clark Roy at home and Teresa Ann of Rockwood. Brother of Jerry and his wife Nancy (Rush) of Wheeling, WV. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. A big thank you to all the friends and family who helped during his 14 month illness and those that came to visit and sent many good things to eat and the many prayers and cards. Also thank you to the Somerset In Touch Hospice for their services. Friends will be received from 4-8 Thursday and from 1-3 & 6-8 Friday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1 pm Saturday in the Mt. Union Church, 1988 Turkeyfoot Trail Rd., Rockwood, PA 15557 with Reverend Doug Burns officiating. Viewing at the church from 11:30 to 12:45 Saturday. Interment in Mt. Union Cemetery. The New Centerville & Rural Fire Department will hold a memorial service at 7 pm Thursday and all fire departments are invited to attend. Contributions may be made to the Mt. Union Church, 1428 Casselman Rd. Rockwood, PA 15557. Condolences may be made at www.halversonfuneralhome.com.
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