Durlesser, James Arthur


The Rev. Dr. James Arthur Durlesser of Shenango on the Green, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, passed away at his residence Aug. 16, 2022. He was 68 years old.

Born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 15, 1953, he was the son of the late Arthur and Louise Grove Durlesser. He married Joy Elizabeth Devine on Nov. 22, 1977.

Dr. Durlesser was a graduate of New Castle High School and Westminster College. In addition, he completed both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

He was a highly respected Methodist minister. Even at this time, he was a visiting adjunct professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Surviving is his wife, Joy Durlesser of the residence.

There was a private family service on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at The Smith Funeral Home in New Wilmington, PA.

There will be a scholarship fund set up at a later date for memorial contributions.

See Pittsburgh Theological Seminary remembrance.