Jim Tate – LBG #53

James W. Tate, 94, Gettysburg, PA, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the Gettysburg Hospital. He was born July 25, 1918 in Adams County, PA the son of the late James A. and Mary E. Kime Tate. His wife Eleanor “Ellie” O. Tate died in 2004.

Mr. Tate was a member of the Gettysburg United Methodist Church. He was a 1937 graduate of Gettysburg High School and attended Gettysburg College before graduating from the Bliss Electrical School in Baltimore, MD. Jim was a veteran of World War II serving as a sergeant in the 28th Division, 104th Pennsylvania Calvary in Italy and France. He was also appointed to the Pennsylvania “Governor’s Troops”.  Following the war, Jim was employed at Westinghouse Corp for 7 years and then IBM for another 7 years. For most of his career he was employed at Warren
Products in West Pittston, PA until his retirement in 1979.

Jim was a member of the Gettysburg American Legion, the Gettysburg VFW and the Gettysburg Eagles. Jim was a Licensed Battlefield Guide for over 60 years and was featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article this summer. He loved spending time on the battlefield and sharing stories with the many people he came in contact with.

Mr. Tate is survived by four daughters; Lanna Tate Lehr and her husband Jeffrey Breuer of Bethesda, MD, Linda M. Martin of Fayetteville, PA, Vicki Tate Weinrich and her husband Rock of Lancaster, PA, Dianne E. Hixon and her husband Robert of Fayetteville, PA, five grandchildren; Capt. Erik F. Weinrich, Megan M. Brunner, Steven S. Hixon, Wayne David Elder, Richard Scott Elder, and ten great grandchildren. James was predeceased by three sisters; Mary Kitzmiller, Ruth Courtney, Marjorie Waltz.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 19th at 11:00 AM from Monahan Funeral Home in Gettysburg, PA with Rev. Jay Zimmerman officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA. There will be a viewing at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 AM until the time of the service.  Memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or Following the interment the Licensed Battlefield Guides will be hosting a reception at the Bethel Mennonite Church, 2335 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg, PA..


In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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