James L. Lapham

James L. Lapham

Jim passed away from complications following surgery on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Bronson Hospital.

He was born September 7, 1935 in Martin Township the son of Dean and Martha (Pike) Lapham. On May 14, 1955 he married Joyce Fuss at Sacred Heart Church in Watson Township. In 1962 Jim started Lapham Heating and Plumbing and continued working until his retirement in 2000. Jim enjoyed coaching his son’s sports team when he was growing up and had been a member of the Martin School Board. He was also a member of the Otsego Moose Lodge, Otsego Elks and Martin Lions Club. In his spare time Jim enjoyed watching old westerns, following the Detroit Red Wings and Uof M Wolverines, bowling on area leagues and travel with his wife.

Surviving are their children, Ronda (Tim) Beeke of Kalamazoo and Ryan (Michelle Bausch) Lapham of Dorr; son-in-law, Bob Boersma; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, Darlene, Sylvia, Jerry and Paul along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce; daughter, Renee Boersma and brothers, Don and Duane.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family starting at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 P.M. with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

A private family burial will take place at Hicks Cemetery in Watson Township.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to his favorite charity, Wings of Hope Hospice.

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

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  1. Michael Chase says:

    I remember Mr. Lapham, he was the plumber my parents depended on. If my parents needed help on plumbing Mr. Lapham was there. I’m sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you.

  2. Villas,Joyce mohrland says:

    Our thoughts are prayers are with your family. My heart is at a loss we loved Jim so much. We love his contagious laugh and he always had such great stories. He will be missed greatly.

  3. Dick and Sylvia Davis says:

    Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our prayers go out to the family.

  4. mick fryer says:

    jim helped me many times over many years a true gent and honest man . I feel for all family and friends ,god bless you jim a great loss to us all .xx

  5. Jackie (Knobloch)Sturmoski says:

    Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing! I went to school with Jerry, my thoughts go out to Jerry and the family

  6. Sue Taylor Cowels says:

    Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Prayers to the family.

  7. Greg & Susan Mangione says:

    Our sympathies are with all of the family. Loss is always painful, and even more so when it isn’t expected. Please know that you are being held up in prayer.

  8. Gloria and Rocky Landman says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We knew him for many years. He will be missed. You are in our prayers.

  9. jodie gilson says:

    I am very sorry to about Jims passing , i will miss him very much , i have known Jim for years , he also was a good customer , i will miss him.

  10. Lynn Washburn says:

    Dale sr,Georgia ,Lynn Washburn we are so sorry to here your loss

  11. Lynn Washburn says:

    We are so sorry to here about your loss Dale,Georgia, Lynn Washburn

  12. Jim and Joyce Boss says:

    So sorry for your family. Dad will be remembered for that smile

  13. Steve and Mary Schuiteboer says:

    Sympathy to the family.

  14. Bob, Alice and Tom Kelsey says:

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.

  15. Dalene Murphy says:

    So sorry about your loss. Your dad was one of the most experienced, reasonable furnace person around. He would always go out of his way to save you money. He used to get a big kick out of my potty mouthed parrot. I will miss him.

  16. Irvin and Eleanor McCullough says:

    What a loss! Please accept our condolences. We have been faithful customers for many years. We always enjoyed seeing Jim’s smiling face and happy demeanor.

  17. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Our thoughts and sympathy are with you. Jim was a great guy and will be missed by so many. Please take care and cherish your special memories.

  18. ronda says:

    Sure missing you a lot love you

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