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James Sumpter
James Sumpter, 92, of Kettering, Ohio, and Longboat Key, died July 30.

Born May 4, 1917, in Homestead, Pa., Mr. Sumpter graduated from Munhall High School, in Munhill, Pa., and, in 1939, from the Pennsylvania State University, where he was a member of the Glee Club, University Chapel Choir and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Mr. Sumpter served during World War II, commanding the First Battalion, 261st Infantry, 65th Division. Decorations he earned included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart, USSR Medal for Valor, First Class, Combat Infantryman Badge, European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal. He was named as the outstanding battalion commander in combat as a result of the Legion of Merit award.

Mr. Sumpter retired as a safety engineer from U.S. Steel Corp.

He was a member of the Church of the Redeemer, in Sarasota, the Rotary Club, the Longboat Key Golf Club and Bird Key Yacht Club. He was a resident of Seaplace for more than 30 years.

Mr. Sumpter was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Elizabeth. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary Etta Sumpter; son, James Robert, of Texas; daughters, Beverly Drury, of Washington, and Sharon Fegley, of Kentucky; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at Jefferson Memorial Chapel and Cemetery, in Pittsburgh, at a later
date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio, 45420. Condolences and remembrances can be sent to the family at www.routsong.com.

Milton ‘Mickey’ Weintraub

Milton “Mickey” Weintraub, 91, of Mount Lebanon, Pa., and Longboat Key, died Aug. 13.

Born Oct. 10, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Weintraub played in the major leagues in the 1940s and owned the Wytheville Statesmen within the Blue Ridge League of the AA minor league from 1946 to 1949.

Throughout his 25-year career with Prudential Life Insurance, first in New York and, then, in Pittsburgh, where he managed the Mickey Weintraub Agency, he told and wrote baseball stories about the days he played minor league baseball in San Diego, Trenton, N.J., then for the Washington Senators and, finally, the New York Giants.

Mr. Weintraub was a founding member of Temple Emanuel, in Mount Lebanon, a founder and first president of Rolling Hills Country Club and received many industry and humanitarian awards throughout his career. He held chairmanships of numerous Pittsburgh insurance, civic and social organizations, including the Charter Life Underwriters, the Renaissance Club and the Grandstand Managers Club (a support organization of the Pittsburgh Pirates).

Mr. Weintraub was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary. He is survived by his sons, Chuck and Andy; daughter, Amy Weintraub; and three grandchildren.

Services and interment were held in Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15222.