James E. “Jim” Watson of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Kalamazoo. Mr. Watson was born November 2, 1937 in Hillsdale to Roy and Ruth (Camp) Watson and was raised by Donald and Martha VerHage.
For 30 years he was employed as a truck driver, first with Phil McVean Trucking in Martin and then with Menasha Corp. in Otsego. Jim was an avid Tigers fan.
On August 15, 1958 in Watson Corners he was married to Yvonne Brooks, who survives. Also surviving are three children, Randy (Sharon) Watson of Allegan, Dawn (Kevin) Brown of Fountain Hills, AZ and Kim (Bill) Rohr of Otsego; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; a sister, Hazel; three half-sisters, Shirley, Mary Lou and Rosalee; brothers, Isaac VerHage, Donald VerHage and Duane VerHage; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Ruth Watson and Donald and Martha VerHage; brothers, Herbert Watson and Lawrence VerHage; and sisters, Charlotte and Ann.
Friends may meet with Jim’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held Saturday, June 23 at 1:00 PM, Pastor Ray Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.
Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to West Michigan Cancer Center or charity of choice.
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