Jeffrey Watkins

Jeffrey Watkins

Jeffrey H. “Jeff” Watkins of Alamo Township, Michigan passed away Monday, November 21, 2011 in Kalamazoo. Jeff was born June 23, 1962 in Kalamazoo, the son of Norris and Sandra (Sabo) Watkins. He was a 1980 graduate of Otsego High School where he excelled in athletics. Jeff loved his family. He was very involved with his children and enjoyed auto racing. He and his father owned and operated Watkins Machine Shop until Jeff could no longer work there.

On June 23, 1990 in Plainwell, he married Stephanie Warner, who survives. Also surviving are 2 children, Alexandra and Harold, both of Alamo; his parents, Norris and Sandra Watkins of Cooper Township; Sibling, Julie of Fitzsburg, MI, Stacie of Detroit and Matthew of Plainwell; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Cremation has taken place. Friends may meet with his family from 6 to 8 PM Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 AM, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Borgess Medical Center Spiritual Care.

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  1. Kathy Pinks says:

    I am so sorry for your loss you are in my Prayers Kathy

  2. mike cronen says:

    stephanie, harold and alex, my thoughts and prayers are with you. i was blessed to be jeffs friend since high school, he was a great friend, and was truely proud of his children. thats what he loved to talk about the most, and i loved to listen to him. i will miss his stops at the shop to just shoot the breeze and bench race just a little, and talk of old times. he would always have to remind me where that camaro came from. it seems he was determined i would own it and that meant alot to me. i always think of jeff when i drive that car and our friendship. i’ve been offered a million times to sell it but never will. like jeff it has a special place in my heart

  3. Tammy Ginebaugh(Doubblestien) says:

    I was deeply saddened to hear about Jeff. You are all in my prayers! RIP Jeff

  4. Caroline says:

    I am so sorry … prayers, thoughts and lots of love are with you and your family…..

  5. matt and conni watkins says:

    Stephanie,Alex,Harold,,,words can not express the sorrow we feel for you three.. my little brother was a great man he loved you three that was his world you three,The time i had with little brother i will never for get.If you need anything I will be here for you has a brother-in-law and a uncle…we love you guys.and Jeff I love you man….

  6. Lauri Krueger says:

    Stephanie, Alex and Harold….though I’ve not known you long and certainly not nearly as deeply as many of the people who will post here, I wanted to express my deepest and sincere prayers. I will miss seeing Jeff and McGonigles…it was always so much fun to wait on him and the family. Hunter always wished he and Harold were closer in grade level so he could have Jeff at HIS baseball games. Alex…I’ve been blessed to get to know such a super young lady and work with you. I’m blessed that I got to know you and your family, if just for a short time.

  7. Pam Benson Manning says:

    My thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends.

  8. Aaron Wright says:

    For all of Watkins Family, my heart is with you all. I am truly saddened for you loss, Jeff is a great man! I enjoyed the time I got to spend with Jeff, and all of you. Our Love, Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you.

  9. Bryon & Kandy Campbell says:

    Stephaine, Alex, and Harold,

    I remember playing football in high school with Jeff. He was a sophomore and I was a senior. He truly was a great athlete in those days… Having seen him long after graduation and connecting from time to time, I know how much he loved his family and was extremely devoted to his children, you could see it in his eyes as he talked about both of you. I know he was extremely proud of your accomplishments and I know he will be proud of what you have yet to accomplish. May God Bless all of you in this difficult time and as time passes hopefully see how blessed you were to have him as a husband and father.

  10. paul/peyton says:

    Harold, we just wanted to let you know we are thinking about you. You are an outstanding young man and your dad was very proud of you.

  11. Emily Watkins says:

    Dear people, i nwas very close too jeff not only cause he was my uncle but because he tought my life long skyles such as reading ela math science socal studies he was one of my favorite Uncles he was more like a dad too me then anything he always made me laugh when i was sad or upsettttt, i will forever love you uncle jeff R.I.P.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jeff Watkins my uncle.!

  12. Linda (Phetteplace) Burton says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are so sorry for your loss.

  13. Shelley Dinzik says:

    Your in my thoughts and prayers, may God Comfort you all.

  14. Dean Newton says:

    To all of Jeff’s family, I am very sorry for your loss. I am proud to have known Jeff and he will be greatly missed. R.I.P. my friend.

  15. Bob and Bert Renauld says:

    May he now rest in peace.

  16. Dave Mathis says:

    Stephanie,harold and Alex I am so sorry for your Loss Jeff was not only my best friend he was in my eyes my big brother in a friendship that started over 35 years ago when we wear kids he was always looking out for me and never let anything happen to me as we got older I was always going to jeff for advice when I needed help he was always there for me Jeff taught me lots of old school values that I still beleive in today I am very proud to say that Jeff Watkins was and is my Dear friend he is Gone but will never be forgotten save me a spot at that Video poker machine next to you old buddy R.I.P. my brother

  17. Paul & Lula Mathis says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
    Jeff was a very close friend of our family, His laugh ,smile ,And good nature will be missed by all,Good buy my friend R.I.P.

  18. Larry & Jan Myers says:

    Stephanie, Alex & Harold,

    Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Know that we are
    Here for you for anything you might need and you are in our
    Prayers. Jeff will be missed by many and never far from your
    Thoughts. Keep your memories alive and he will always be
    With you. Love Larry and Jan

  19. Tim & Candy (Louis) Ryder says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We pray God will comfort you all in the days and weeks ahead.

  20. Shirley Howard says:

    Again, I am very sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Love you all, Aunt Shirley.

  21. Dann and Sue Louis says:

    We are sorry to hear the news of Jeff”s Passing; hopeing happy memories comfort you in the coming weeks.

  22. Jim & Joyce Harnish says:

    Jeff was an exceptional father to Harold & Alex, and a loving husband to Stephanie,& a good son-in-law, may he rest in peace.Our love and prayers will be with the family always. Our prayers are with Norris, Sandy,and family also.

  23. DALE/DEE HALL says:

    may we offer our condolences on your loss.we will keep you in our dale/ dolores hall

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