James E. VanLent

James E.  VanLent

James VanLent of Alamo Township passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

Mr. VanLent was born August 5, 1932 in Otsego, the son of Eldon and Marie (Brown) VanLent. For more than 31 years Jim was a police officer and fireman for the city of Plainwell. He was a member of the 12th Street Baptist Church and in his spare time enjoyed golfing. In 1950 he married Shirley Nichols in Indiana.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley; his sons, Jim (Terry) VanLent of Plainwell and Dan VanLent of Otsego; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sisters, Sandra (Ron) MacVean of Martin and Sharon VanLent of Plainwell; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Eldon.

Friends may meet with Jim’s family Monday, October 6, 2014 from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Cremation will follow.  A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the 12th Street Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, Pastor Thad Stout officiating. Due to construction, please take 11th St. south to ON Avenue, then north onto 12th Street.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the 12th Street Baptist Church.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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  1. Lynn Anderson says:

    Shirley you and your family are in my prayers. Jim left a great legacy behind for us to remember. He is with our Heavenly Father and someday we will all join him there. May GOD bless you every day until then. Lovingly yours, Lynn Anderson

  2. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    To Shirley and Family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We were so sorry to hear today that you lost Jim last night. We are so very sorry for your loss and are extending our most sincere sympathy to you and your family. May your special memories and support from your family and friends give you strength in the coming days, months, and years. Take care now.

  3. Bill & Karen Bomar says:

    Shirley, our condolences to you and your family. Bill enjoyed the many years working with Jim and said he will always remember him as the best at shaking the doorknobs.

  4. Desiree Sigler says:

    May the peace God gives sustain your family during this difficult time.Lean on one another as the days ahead become to hard to bear alone.Share your memories they will be a source of joy. Seeing the promises in God’s word the bible will help you to gain strength and fortify your hearts, granting you peace. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17)

  5. Dawn Nichols Forney.Lottie Koster says:

    Prayers to you and your family at this time. .May God Bless you and your family

  6. Jim and Patti (Khodl) Hewitt says:

    Sorry to read of Jim’s passing. Where do the years go? As a Plainwell girl I remember Jim when working at Pipp Community Hospital. Always friendly and ready to chat.

  7. kathy and tami campbell says:

    We have so many fond memories prayers for you Shirley during this time of sorrow.

  8. Jim HIggs says:

    Shirley, Jim, and Dan…

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Many great memories of him from days on Cedar St., to City Council, and with the P.D. He was a good man.

  9. Lisa Sutton says:

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I have many fond memories of him when he was a police officer in Plainwell. May he rest in peace.

  10. Jerry Petill says:

    My deepest condolences to the Vanlent family. I had the privilege of working with Jim at Plainwell PD before his retirement. Rest in peace.

  11. john and pam oisten says:

    jim will be missed he always had kind word when I seen him seting in wescos parking lot watching for speaders he was a very hepful person he got along with everybody and I will miss him to the greatest police and fire man I have ever met hes with god on special assignment just for him now

  12. Mike and Colleen Yonge says:

    Jim will be greatly missed. We are thankful for the positive impact he had for many decades in our lives. We are praying for you and your family. His fifty years of serving Christ are being rewarded in heaven and continue ro be blessed memories to is that are left behind. May the Lord give you His peace through these times.

  13. Lori Snyder-Steele says:

    Shirley, and family sorry to hear of your loss. Jim will be missed.

  14. Debbi Predum says:

    I only spoke with Jim a couple times at the Chenery for concerts and I’m thankful that our lives crossed paths. Shirley, you and your family are in my prayers and I know many are praying for you here at FBC Plainwell.

  15. Terri Shaler says:

    Dear Shirley,

    Just now (late Tuesday night) I read of Jim’s passing. I am so very sorry. I’m sorry I missed his memorial service. He was such a wonderful & sweet man. Praise God he now is with Jesus and waits for his bride – in God’s time.

    You and your family will remain in my prayers and thoughts.

  16. Ray Fuller says:

    What a shock to me to find out after the service that Jim had passed. My deepest condolences to you Shirley and family. I enjoyed working with Jim on the PPD, a great person to be around. Always helpful and friendly to all. I only wished I knew where you lived, since I only live close by I would have liked to stay in touch with Jim.
    Jim is in a much better place now. Rest in peace Jim.

    Ray Fuller

  17. Karen Koehn says:

    My prayers are with you and the family Shirley. I had the pleasure of knowing Jim when working in the same building for those 31 years .He was a special person and will be missed by everyone who knew him. God Bless you all.

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