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James A. Endres

James passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at his home in Kalamazoo.

He was born January 17, 1930 in Covington, KY, the son of William and Hennrietta (Foremeyer) Endres and grew up on the family farm in Independence, KY. Jim proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War. For 34 years he had worked at General Motors until his retirement.

In his spare time he enjoyed working on the farm, hunting, fishing and traveling the country in his motorhome. Jim was an active member of St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego and a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus.

On September 11, 1954 in Ludlow, KY he married Marilyn Mershon who preceded him in death in 1999.

Surviving are his children, Bill (Diane) Endres of Kalamazoo, Jim (Laura) Endres of Kalamazoo, Bob (Margie) of Davisburg, Cathie (Paul) Matlock of Kalamazoo, Connie Endres of Kalamazoo and Jack (Mary Layne) Endres of Kalamazoo; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister –in –law, Joan Endres and his companion, Bea Gauthier.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marilyn in 1999, son, Bart Endres in 1986; brother, Delbert Endres and sister, Betty Kesler.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Monday, April 2, 2018, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with a rosary service at 7:30 P.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego with Rev Fr Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the

Alzheimer’s Association

or to St. Margaret Catholic Church Endowment Fund.

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David Chappell and Gail Harmon

March 28, 2018 at 9:20 pm

Are condolence from the Chappell Family Jim was a very good friend to our Mom and Dad( Dave and Marilyn) He will be greatly missed. And what do you bet they will be talking about their bingo and after bingo nights together


Charlotte Dilno

March 28, 2018 at 11:07 pm

My condolences to Jim’s family and friends. I knew Jim briefly before leaving Michigan to the Southwest I perceived that he was a kind and gentle man. My condolences

to his loved ones. It was always a pleasure to be in his company.


Jeff M

March 29, 2018 at 12:19 am

Wonderful Man


Kathy Pennell

March 29, 2018 at 6:21 am

I’m sorry Cathie. My prayers are with you and your family. We will all be together soon.


Carl Klemencic

March 29, 2018 at 7:13 am

Bob, And Entire Family, You Have My Most Sincere Condolences, May God Bless you all in your time of Sorrow.


Brian Arehart

March 29, 2018 at 7:18 am

Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.


Steve & Nancy Motter

March 29, 2018 at 7:31 am

Our Lord gained a good man and he’ll be missed by everyone who got the privileged to know him. Rest in peace and our sincere condolences to the entire family and friends.


Theresa Warnez Hammond

March 29, 2018 at 8:18 am

I am somsorry for your loss. Keep your memories alive, share them with others and he will always be with you.


Kelley Howard

March 29, 2018 at 9:28 am

Mr. Endres, your incredible impact on our family has been a long time legacy. Your family’s love for my parents and our love for you and Mrs. Endres is part of our fabric. The world has shifted for all of us….but the profound love remains.


Susan Ball Anderson

March 29, 2018 at 9:31 am

My sympathies go out to the family. Our families moved to Kalamazoo at the same time and our fathers worked in the same dept at GM and became very good friends. My brothers and I grew up hanging out at their farm. Jim always had a ready smile and a listening ear. Heaven has welcomed another angel home.


Mark Ball

March 29, 2018 at 9:34 am

I am very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I have many wonderful memories of Jim, and his entire family. He was a good man who, by his example, impressed me greatly when I was young. Although I know little of his work at GM, I know from my father he was a good friend. My heart goes out to all his family.


Tim and Marcia Quigley

March 29, 2018 at 11:03 am

Dear Family of Jim,

Prayers to all of you! Jim was such a nice man! We always enjoyed waiting on him when Bea brought him into the Elks! Please know that he is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you!


Robin Williams

March 29, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Bob and Margie,

I am so sorry for your loss. It seems just like yesterday we were sitting around that big table for the WIDR Kite Flight, what a weekend that was, your Dad was so kind to me. Our prayers are with you and the whole family, he was quite a man, lived well and was highly respected.

Robin Williams


Pam Shaffer

March 29, 2018 at 12:20 pm

So sorry! Thoughts & prayers for all your family! It’s never easy! Always your friends, Mike & Pam


Sara & Steve Scott

March 29, 2018 at 7:11 pm

Sorry to read of Jim’s passing. Thinking of your family’s sadness and sending hugs.


Gene Rantz

March 29, 2018 at 9:53 pm

He was a great friend. I miss him. We had great fun fishing and skiing tiger in past years, He was a fine family man. My condolences to all his family, especially Connie who took such good care for him during his long illness. Farewell Jim.


Mary and Ed Hager

March 31, 2018 at 3:18 pm

It has been said, you are not judged by how many YOU Love, but by How Many Love You….. Jim Endres was loved by many!


Nick Ball, Jr.

April 1, 2018 at 9:04 pm

I am very saddened by hearing of your father’s passing. He was truly a very nice person. I enjoyed speaking with him when I was younger and took his advice many times. I enjoyed every minute of visiting the farm and have many fond memories. Your mother & father were some of the nicest people I know and knowing them was an honor & privilege. My heartfelt prayers go with him and your family.


Jeff Stutz

April 2, 2018 at 7:55 am

Bob / Margie, My condolences to the entire family during this time of loss. Stay strong!


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