Aaron James “Jim” “AJ” Commissaris

Aaron James “Jim” “AJ” Commissaris

Aaron James “Jim” “AJ” Commissaris was born October 19, 1945 in Salem Township, the son of Abram and Henrietta (Kuiper) Commissaris. Jim served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War and had worked for General Motors until his retirement in 1990.

In 1987 Jim married Jacque Nulty Drobny and lived in the Allegan area. They were active members of the Allegan County Mounted Division where Jim served as Captain; he was also a charter member and President of the Allegan County Pleasure Riders for many years. In 2009 Jim was given the Public Safety Person of the Year Award presented by the Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jim is the brother of Cliff (Thelma) Commissaris, Jean (Roger) Kamphuis, Ron (Carol) Commissaris, Harriett (Jerry) Nickrent and Bob (Nancy) Commissaris; the father of Jamie (Jamielynne) Commissaris; proud grandfather of Trevor and Teagan Commissaris, Carly and Erica Drobny, Abigail and Emma Owens and Morgan and Chase Drobny; step-father to Chad (Sally) Drobny, Marni Drobny, and Matthew (Kelli) Drobny; he also leaves behind, Linda Commissaris, mother of his son Jamie, and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, young sister, teen brother, and infant triplet grandsons.

Jim’s passion was his family and his many friends, his horses and playing cards. No day was an idle day. Jim could always find something to do and someone to help. Jim’s life journey has ended. He will be missed and will always be more than a memory.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will take place Thursday at11:00 A.M., Todd Meert officiating. Burial with Military Honors by VFW Post #3030 and a tribute by the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Division will follow at Mallory Cemetery, Trowbridge Township on M-40.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Wings Home, Wings of Hope Hospice, or to the Allegan County Horse Leaders Association.

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


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  1. Dian Liepe says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Thank you Jacque and to Jim for your help in the 4-H Food Booth and for all you have given to 4-H. Jim will be missed.

  2. Travis Laws says:

    I had the great pleasure of knowing Jim through the Mounted Division, as well as the Pleasure Riders. He was a great guy who will be truly missed! It is with a very heavy heart that I say good-bye. R.I.P Jim.

  3. Perry Cook says:


    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.


  4. Lorna & Craig Sisson says:

    Dear Jacque and family:
    Our hearts are heavy with concern and care for all of you. May your hearts be fillled with the healing comfort of the memories and love you have shared. May you feel God’s uplifting spirit and peace as you are surrounded by the love, prayers and caring of friends and family. “Sorrow is not forever, but LOVE IS!”
    Love, Craig and Lorna

  5. John,Michele,Max and Aaron Laws says:

    We met Jim when John joined the mounted division.He became an idol to our kids,Desiree’ and Max.Every time Jim got a new pair of boots,they had to get a pair just like his.They role played him,right down to a toothpick for his cigarette.We all have alot of good memories of Jim at the fair,on trailrides and just a nice guy.He will be missed by our family,but always in our memories. May God bless the family and we will keep you in our prayers.

  6. Joel and Lauri "Seibert" Krueger says:

    My love to you all both Commissaris and Drobnys…I have no words to make this feel any better or go away. However please seek some solice knowing I and many others thought he was a fabulous guy. Comfort each other and hold each other and friends close. We are all indeed here for for you. XOXO

  7. Larry&Sue Martin says:

    Thinking of you Jacque and all of your family at this difficult time. Larry and Jim were talking about their card playing days at GM and the “mischief” they got up to at the plant when he saw him Saturday. Larry said he’d miss his sense of humor.

  8. Bob and Teresa Galloway says:

    Jackie and Family –

    Our thoughts are with you all. May you cherish the special memories and moments. I know that Jim was a special person to all of who knew him. He inspired many people throughout his life. I will miss his smiling face.

  9. George Cole says:

    I knew Aaron from GM. He was a hard worker.
    Prayers to the family

  10. Robin & Clark Clark and Family says:


    Thinking of you and all of your family during this very difficult time. With Jim’s outgoing personality and infectious smile, you couldn’t help but like him. He will truly be missed. May God bless and comfort you all and give you the strength and courage for the days and weeks ahead.

  11. Lori Stuenkel says:

    This sad to hear. He will be missed and I will keep his family in my prayers.

  12. colleen steele says:

    great horseman, truly nice guy. so very sad.

  13. Shannon n Jon Guritz says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family . so sorry for your loss.

  14. Elaine (Clark) Eggleston says:

    I knew Jim, since ninth grade, we lockered three lockers away from one another.
    He always had a ready smile and never lost it.
    Jackie, my heart goes out to you and all the children.
    He will be missed, but the smile, never forgotten.
    Elaine ’64

  15. Carroll and Claudia Commans says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim! Please accept our condolences and know that our hearts are broken and we send love and prayers to the family!

  16. Kris dezsi says:

    Jacque, this is a shocking tragedy, and my thoughts and sympathy go to you and your family. Kris from pleasure riders club.

  17. Diane Fleming says:

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Prayers to the family. Diane class of 64.

  18. Brandy Laws Marshall says:

    My heart and prays go to the family.I have meet jim through my dad john.He was a very wonderful man.I’m so glad I got to know him and his family.He will be missed very much.Now I say good bye to him.

  19. don &joan guritz says:

    so sorry hear of jim passing god bless your family

  20. Carrie carpenter says:

    The local horse community of Allegan will have a huge hole in it. It has been a pleasure knowing Jim. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  21. Kris Modreske says:

    Prayers to the family. Jim will be so missed. I will forever remember the Pleasure Riders meeting I sat in on and enjoyed Jim’s comment and the laughs we all had. What a GREAT man…

  22. Colleen Schmidt and Family says:

    Jim was always so kind and helpful to my daughters, Abby and Moriah, in the Junior Mounted Division. I am thankful to have known him and so sorry he is gone.

  23. Tom, Jess, Drake & Callleigh says:

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time

  24. Phil and Susan Bosma says:

    Our hearts, love and prayers go out to you Jacque and all your family. You and Jim were always giving to others. We could see that by the way you two helped your parents out so much. We pray that you find comfort in the love of many, during this great loss.

  25. Nikki Miller says:

    Jamie, So very sorry to hear about your Dad. Thoughts and prayers for everyone.

  26. Becky & John Halloran says:

    What a great Man he was to all……………..So many are proud to say they had the pleasure of knowing him………….May you all have comfort in knowing he has left lots of foot prints in many hearts………..

  27. Wayne Laws Family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your families. So sorry for all and may God give his strength and love during this time.

  28. Kelly and Joe Bohl says:

    Sweet Jacque and all of your family – we are so sorry to hear about Jim. We will always remember his smile and kindness.


  29. Nancy Vogt says:

    Jacque and family..
    Kenny and I are so sorry for your loss..

  30. Lori Slaughter says:

    The Slaughter Family sends our condolences.
    We are so sorry for your loss.

  31. Neil and Barb Van Bruggen says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are so sorry for your loss.

  32. Nicole Butcher says:

    Jim was family to Me my thoughts and prayers our with the family I’m so sorry he will be greatly missed. Love you papa Jim

  33. Linda Jockus says:

    Jacque,so sorry to hear about Jim. My thoughts and prayers are for you and your family.

  34. Sue Kernodle says:

    Memories are all we have left of Jimmy. And I luckily have some good ones. I think of all the times Jim and Jacque, Chuck Pullen and I marked the trails for our annual ride-a-thon. Eating lunch on the trails and laughing. Rain, snow or sunshine. Or the time I desperately needed to borrow a horse to post parade the harness races with and Jimmy offered me his own posse horse. He said to me,” This horse might throw in a buck or two when asked to canter but he will parade them horses” Well he was right. That big buckskin did parade those horses and he did throw in a couple of bucks!!! Yes the memories are what we all need to hold onto now. My heart is with the entire family. Yet when I think of Jimmy it’s with a smile.

  35. John Wilson says:

    First got to know Jim by working with him in the Sheriff’s Dept. Mounted Division, but we quickly became friends. I always had a deep respect and admiration for Jim and came to realize that he was a friend that you always count on. Everyone in the Law Enforcement Community will miss his leadership abilities and his quick smile.

  36. Bill & Bev Fletcher says:

    Dear Jacque & Family,
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you! He! will be greatly missed

  37. jackie stricklin says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Jimmy my friend, I’m so lucky to
    have had him in my life he will be missed.

  38. Shirley Parsons says:

    Sorry for your loss, he was a good neighbor. Take one day at a time.


  39. Pat Bradley says:

    I knew Jim in Jr. High and High School and had not seen him in 50 years but met up with him at last years fair. We struck up a conversation like no time had passed at all. Nice guy. Terribly sorry for your loss.

  40. Terry and Diane Tibbs says:

    Jamie, Jamie and family:

    We are so sorry. May your fond memories get you through
    this difficult time.

  41. Joe Gardiner says:

    My prayers are with the family in this time of sorrow.. Jim was a great man and we would laugh about sharing the same birthday. RIP kind sir.

  42. george hoots says:

    will miss him my prayers are with the family

  43. Cathy Nicely Hutsonpillar says:

    My condolences Jaque and family. Been 9 yrs since I rode with y’all I remember Jims humor and riding trails with you both. Favorite memory – Jim standing on the back of his beautiful buckskin stapling paper plate markers for the ride so kids couldnt reach them to pull down. Such a great loss, much light and love to you all

  44. Joe Pullen Family says:

    To Jacque and family we send our sympathy , prayers and condolences on your loss.

  45. Tim-Cheryl Hopson says:

    sorry to hear that Jim passed away it was a stock to us we knew him when we join the Allegan County Pleasure Riders several years ago we had great times camping with him at silvers creak and also his house he was always be in our hearts and will be miss him dearly our thought and prayers are with the family may he R.I.P forever
    Tim,Cheryl,Pat Hopson
    p.s. he was a great friend to us all

  46. Robert and Judy "Drobny" Kitchen says:

    Judy and I send our condolences. We are so sorry to hear this. Please contact us if there is anything we can do!

  47. Todd & Melanie Rice says:

    We are so sorry for your loss! We are thinking about your family and you are all in our prayers! May God bless you in this difficult time!

    Todd, Melanie, Quin, and Tessa Rice

  48. Steve Becksfort says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Jim. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  49. Debbie Coffey Mellema says:

    The one thing I will always remember about Jim is that he always had the biggest smile on his face no matter when you saw him. He always had the time to say hello. His smile was contagious. Praying for your family through this great loss of a great man. He will be remembered with fond memories. May you find peace in those memories and may God hold you all in His arms at this time.

  50. Tom Arlington says:

    Graduated from high school and worked with Jim at General Motors. Lots of fun times and fond memories. Condolences to the family.

  51. Sara Kinney says:

    Nancy and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Jim I just heard about this or I would have been there. My prays are with you all

  52. Tom Arlington says:

    Graduated from high school and worked with Jim at General Motors. Lots of fun times and fond memories. Condolences to the family. So sorry for your loss.

  53. ralph and lynda land says:

    we are so very sorry for your loss.

  54. Ivan & Kathy Kibby says:

    Dear Jacque and family,
    We send our deepest sympathy to you. Jim will be missed.
    Class of ’64

  55. Gary Cronkhite says:

    To the entire family of Jim. I went to Hillcrest Grade School with many of the Commisaris family. When I was little, Jim was my protector of all things bully. We all went through the schoolyard rights of passaage. But I had Jim looking out for me. I rode my bike nearly every good-weather day with Bob. Jim and Bob were the definition of brothers. They could laugh and they could fight. But they were true brothers to the core. What I remember most about Jim was that eye-squinting smile. I don’t remember seeing Jim not smile. Words cannot express the sadness I feel for each of you….from the Commisaris’s at the top of the hill all the way down to the Commisaris’s at the bottom of the hill. Seems like i rode my bike home from school down that long hill, from Cliff’s almost to Ron’s and all Commisarises in between. May God’s PEACE console you. Remember always, our ways are not His ways. And His ways are not our ways. He is there for Jim. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’ Proverbs 3:5.

  56. Jan Pennell says:

    My heart goes out to you; I will pray that God wraps his arms around you to give you comfort and strength. Your dad sounded talented and well loved. I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you, my friend.
    Love, Jan

  57. Karen Sebright says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. I grew up with Jim (and Bob). Had tons of fun, mostly riding horses. Sorry we couldn’t be there, as we were out of state. So sorry for everyone’s loss, Jim was a wonderful man and will be sadly missed. Remember the good times and trust in God to get you through. Our love and sympathy to you all. Ron & Karen

  58. Trevah Dalrymple says:

    Deepest sympathy to Jacque and family. Jim will be missed by many! Praying that God will comfort you.

    Trevah Dalrymple
    Class of 1964

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