James Forcier

James Forcier

James Severe ‘Jim’ Forcier of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in Battle Creek. Mr. Forcier was born December 8, 1931 in St. Paul, MN to Benjamin and Blanche (Jones) Forcier.

He graduated from Wilson High School, St. Paul, and earned his Bachelor Degree from the University of Minnesota. During the Korean War he served his country for two years in the U.S. Navy and then three years in the Marines, and was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He was employed with Minnesota Milk for several years. In 1965 he moved to Waconia, MN and worked for Oak Grove Dairy through 1969. In 1970 he moved to Otsego where he was employed in sales for M.D.E. Corp., retiring in 1996.

Jim loved to golf, bowl, take trips in his motor home and spend the winters in Clearwater, FL. He was a world traveler and a member of the Otsego Elks Lodge #1711, V.F.W. Post #3030, Michigan Dairy Association, D.A.V., and American Legion.

On May 24, 1952 in St. Paul he married the former Carol Sorlie, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Jim Forcier of Minneapolis, Kathy (Kurt) Hatfield of Allegan, Tom (Jackie) Forcier and Jeff Forcier, both of Otsego and Mike Forcier; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Gene Forcier of Pittsburgh, PA; two sisters, Virginia Scatterelli of Minneapolis and Marcie Bungurt of Bloomington, MN; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ben and Dick Forcier.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 18, 2013, at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego, Rev. Fr. Brian Stanley celebrant. Burial with Military Honors by V.F.W. Post #3030 and the Fort Custer Honor Guard will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, at 1:00 P.M. Friday, October 18, 2013.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Elks Major Project or the Veterans Hospital of Battle Creek.

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



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  1. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Forcier ,Family,
    We shall always remember Jim for his kind smile and laughter. He was a very caring man. He was so good to our family when our daughter was married. He also helped the Lady Elks and made us feel very important in our role towards the Elks. Please know that he is now an Angel in Heaven watching over all of you! God Bless you!

  2. Gordy and Jackie Stineback says:

    Jim and Carol were dear friends to my parents Charles and Nadene Shaffer. They spent the winters in Cearwater Florida. When my dad got very sick he came to visit him all the time. He was a good friend to both my parents. They would have dinner at the Elks every Friday night. RIP Jim. You will be missed. Carol hugs and prayers for you and your family!

  3. Yasmine and Paul Gromek (MG&H) says:

    Forcier Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God Bless.

  4. Hope McCoy says:

    Although my son, Christian, and I had not known James long, he was a great inspiration to both of us. Christian always admired and enjoyed visiting James. James inspired Christian to continue to work towards becoming a Marine when he comes of age. Despite James’s illness he always remembered Christian and I at every visit, which I found extremely incredible. We will always remember the best about him and pray that his spirit will continue to inspire us to be better every day.

    With Love and admiration,
    Hope and Christain

  5. Steve & Maria Forcier says:

    We were truly saddened by the death of Uncle Jim. It’s never easy. Our prayers are with you and your family. We salute Jim’s service to this great country. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that his loss is felt by all who knew and loved him.

  6. L.A. says:

    Thanks for your service to our country. RIP.

  7. Jim & Jean Cronkhite says:

    We have missed seeing Jim around the neighborhood since his hospital stay and now are saddened to hear of his passing. Our condolences to the entire Forcier family and especially to his wife, Carol.
    Jim was a great guy and always cheerful when we chanced to talked with him, whether it was in his front yard, the golf course or numerous restaurants he frequented.
    We hope to see the Marine Corps flag still flying in his and Carol’s back yard for many years to come. Semper Fi Jim.

  8. Don Trautman & Ruth. says:

    I was surprised to see of Jim’s passing. We still go to Florida for the winter months. I remember visiting your park one time when you had your motor home. Please accept our sympathy
    Don & Ruth

  9. Kathy Cook-Clemons says:

    I pray God’s love will comfort you Mrs. Forcier, Kathy, and all the boys, grandchildren, & great grandchildren. Kathy your Dad was a wonderful man. We had alot of good times at your home back in middle school. I remember the summer he took us to Cedar point when Jim was working there one of his first years in college. You were blessed to have him for such a long life. My dad has been gone since 1997. We always had to cheer for the Minnasota Vickings during football season too!

  10. Garry & Terri Parrish says:

    Carol and family, we are so sorry to hear about Jim passing . He was such a kind man and so happy go lucky all the time. He will be dearly missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Our. deepest sympathy to all of you.

  11. Joel and Karla Thompson says:

    Carol and family,
    We are very sorry for your loss, Jim was a great man and someone I always considered a friend. Your family has done so much for this community and Jim also served selflessly to protect our freedom and for that I am very thankful. He will surely be missed by all.
    Joel and Karla Thompson

  12. Beth Maxson says:

    I’m sorry for your loss! May the Lord give you comfort, peace and strength.

    Take Care!

  13. Bob & Roberta Miles says:

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. We always enjoyed being around Jim and talking to him. He was always upbeat with a big smile followed by a hardy laugh. He will be remembered as a leader and a doer. Jim will be missed. We are out of town but are thoughts will be with you.
    Bob and Roberta Miles

  14. Randi Kelly says:

    Forcier Family,

    I extend my deepest sympathies to your family. I never met Jim, but Geno always had nothing but amazing things to say about his brother. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  15. Pam Kuiper says:

    Carol and Family

    Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I know that Duane loved to play golf with Jim. I will always remember his smile and his way of making even strangers feel at home. My prayers are with you.

  16. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Please know that we are thinking of all of you. We are so sorry for your loss of Jim. He was a great guy ! ! ! ! ! ! Our most sincere sympathy goes out to all of you.

  17. Bryon & Kandy Campbell says:

    Carol & Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss…. Jim was a wonderful man; I will always remember him for his outgoing, fun loving attitude. He was in favor of a good time and he didn’t let the moment pass him by.
    I never knew but I’m not surprised by the awards that were bestowed on him for his military service. That explains why he was the so well loved…… I know you will miss him; however he will not be forgotten.

    Bryon Campbell

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