Veth Sr., James J., Age: 63, Port Monmouth

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James J. Veth Sr., 63, of Port Monmouth, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 19 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. Born on April 1, 1953 in Red Bank, he was the sixth of nine children born to the late Frederick E. and Catherine Martin Veth. He graduated from Middletown Township High School and was proud of his life long roots in Middletown. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was the past commander of American Legion Post #338 in Leonardo. He also was a member of the Middletown Elks Club #2179.

After his graduation from the Police Academy, Jim joined the Middletown Township Police Department. He had a great passion for the law enforcement profession and praised the many policeman and superiors he worked with during his tenure on the force. He would have been pleased to know how responsive the MTPD officers were in resuscitating him from cardiac arrest. Upon his retirement, he was the owner/operator of James J. Veth & Son Electric in Middletown.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, James J. Veth Jr., USMC and an Iraq War hero; and his brothers, Frederick E. Veth and Richard M. Veth.

Jim leaves behind six siblings and their spouses: Robert J. and Kathleen Veth of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Thomas J. and Margaret Veth of Atlantic Highlands, Raymond J. and Susan Veth of Middletown, Michael T. Veth of Middletown, Kathleen M. and James Spielmann of Edison and Karen M. and Sean McNamara of Aberdeen. He also is survived by 19 nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Debby Smith Dailey.

Interment will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown after a brief 10a.m. service at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home , 115 Tindall Rd., Middletown, on Thursday, September 22. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to one of Jim’s favorite organizations: Middletown Township PBA Local 124, P.O. Box 207, Middletown, NJ 07748; the American Legion – Post #338, 860 State Route 36, Leonardo, NJ 07737 or a Wounded Warriors Foundation of your choice.