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Remembering Former PMTA Chairman Jim Germak

Remembering Former PMTA Chairman Jim Germak

It is terribly sad to bring you the news of Jim Germak's passing. 

James "Jim" Albert Germak, 72, of Elizabethtown, PA, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2023. Born October 5, 1950, in Harrisburg, PA, he was the son of the late Andrew Giermak and Elsie (Marinchock) Giermak of Middletown, PA.

From an early age, Jim wanted to be a truck driver. He started his professional trucking career at just 18. In 1982, Jim founded Jagtrux, Inc. of Marietta, PA. Jim was also a founding partner of Hess Auctioneers in Marietta, PA.

Jim graduated from Middletown Area High School in 1968. He was a member of PMTA, and served on the state board of directors and Lancaster PMTA Chapter. Jim was chairman or the organization from 2012-2014, advocating for the industry and encouraging members to get involved in the political process.

Jim loved spending time at his cabin and enjoyed various outdoor activities including hunting, boating and driving his ranger. Jim had a passion for auctions and a "good deal." The biggest enjoyment in his life was spending time with his children and grandchildren and sharing stories with friends.

He is survived by his wife, Linda (Hilsher) Germak; daughter Rita Sovereign (Calvin Sovereign); sons Andrew Germak (Sarah Germak) and Zachary Germak (Linsey Stitt-Germak); nine grandchildren; brother Thomas Germak (Susan); and sister Barbara Thomasco (Dan).

Services will be held at Community Bible Church, 331 Anderson Ferry Rd, Marietta, Pa. 17547, on September 16, 2023, visitation is scheduled from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. with the service to promptly start at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to ECHOS at 105 East Washington Street, Elizabethtown, Pa. 17022, an organization Jim felt strongly about.

Memories and condolences may be shared at Arrangements entrusted to Miller-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, Elizabethtown.

We at PMTA are saddened by this tragic news. Jim was a very active member of the organization and champion of PMTA's mission. On top of it all, he was a great man -- kind, caring, generous. He lead his family, company and this organization with pride. We are so thankful for the time and effort he put into PMTA ensuring this organization accomplishes the goals of the trucking industry for decades to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Germak family during this trying time. 

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