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James A. Deneau

Posted By Winkel Funeral Home On March 1, 2021 @ 4:52 pm In Obituaries | 25 Comments


Jim passed away Monday, March 1, 2021 at his home in Alamo Township.

He was born March 31, 1928 in Kalamazoo, the son of James and Carolyn (Snell) Deneau. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a fireman 1st class during World War II. He worked as a journeyman press operator at Kalamazoo Label Company and had owned and operated Kalamazoo Septic until his retirement in 2009.

In his free time Jim enjoyed camping, fishing, taking road trips and hanging with his grandchildren. Jim was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030, Otsego Elks Lodge and the Plains County Club in Plains, Georgia. On July 5, 1949 in Angola, Indiana he married Burtie Rice who passed away in 2011.

Surviving are his sons, Tom (Jackie) Deneau and Jim (Ellyn) Deneau; grandchildren, Alex (Suzannah) Deneau, Abby (Ben Rhodes) Deneau, Mary (Scott) Nykamp, Thomas Deneau, Kayla Deneau, Jimmy Deneau, Sam Deneau and David (Veronica) Deneau; several great-grandchildren; brother, Brad (Paula) Deneau along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, David; his in-laws and several cousins.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family from 6-8 PM, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home.

Cremation will follow.

A private family memorial service will take place at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial of ashes will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Military honors by VFW Post #3030.

In accordance with covid -19 guidelines a limit of 25 people at a time will be allowed and masks and social distancing will be required.

For those unable to attend the memorial service a live stream will be available on the Otsego Methodist Church’s website or Facebook Live.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Kalamazoo County Council on Aging, Otsego United Methodist Church or to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan[1].

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