American Veteran 08

James D. Elsleger

1948 ~ 2020 (age 71)


James D. Elsleger, 71, of Canonsburg, died Monday, February 17, 2020 following a brief and brave battle with cancer.

He was born September 24, 1948 in Canonsburg, a son of James and Gladys Bennett Elsleger.

Mr. Elsleger graduated from Canon-McMillan High School in 1966.  He attended Duquesne University for one year before enlisting in the US Air Force.  

Following his training, Jim served in Viet Nam with the USAF Security Service, serving as a "backender" with the 6994th Security Squadron.

After his military service, Mr. Elsleger attended Arizona State University graduating with a degree in journalism.  Following his graduation, Jim worked as a sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering University of Arizona Wildcat sporting events and major professional golf tournaments.   After moving back to his hometown, he was manager of Ross Beverage, retiring in 2010.

Mr. Elsleger enjoyed golfing, he caddied while in high school and was on the golf team while at Arizona State.  He was an avid and knowledgeable sports enthusiast, had an exceptional green thumb and he enjoyed reading

Jim will be missed by his cat Cosmo and his Pug Dozer, his faithful walking companion.

Surviving are a sister, Janice Elsleger of Canonsburg; a nephew Joseph Elsleger of Washington; and a cousin Sandy Romanoski (George) of Venice, FL.

A brother, Joseph Elsleger is deceased.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 pm, Friday, February 21, 2020 in the McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, Owner/Supervisor, 27 Cherry Ave., Houston, PA 15342.  Interment with full military honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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February 21, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd.
27 Cherry Ave.
Houston, PA 15342

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