James “Jim” C. Hauser, 68, of Latrobe, died suddenly on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born Oct. 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 Holy Family Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Tony Angelo Aerie 01188, Latrobe. 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 is 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, California, Linda D. Mook and husband Wesley of Georgetown, South Carolina, Lisa D. Fodor and husband Paul of Blairsville and Donald J. Lucas and wife Tricia of Statesville, North Carolina; 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, Arizona, 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 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, and 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Matthew X. Merlin Funeral Home Inc., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, 724-694-8331.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Jim 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in Holy Family Church, Latrobe, with the Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney, VF, pastor, as celebrant.

Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township.

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