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James A. Mitchell

Jim passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Metro Health Hospital.

He was born November 10, 1951 in Kalamazoo, the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Brockie) Mitchell. As a young man Jim worked at a tree nursery and Wells Aluminum in Parchment. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and proudly served his country during Vietnam. After his honorable discharge he worked at Menasha Paper as a journeyman millwright until its closing. He went on to work at Bowers Aluminum in Kalamazoo until his retirement. Jim also owned and operated a farm with his family.

He was a jack of all trades and could fix anything. In his spare time he enjoyed camping, target shooting, watching westerns and reading. Most of all Jim loved spending time with his grandchildren. On July 3, 1971 at the Church of the Nazarene in Kalamazoo, he married Deborah Perkins who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Debby (Earl) Young and Renee Mitchell; grandchildren, Dustin Mitchell, Alek Culver, Madison Culver and Isaac Culver; great-grandchildren, Jamison and Leighton Culver; siblings, Kay, Denice, Sherry and Jeff; brothers –in-law, Steve and Danny Perkins; aunt and uncle, Jim and Doris Brown along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws and brother, Charles “Chuck” Mitchell.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the Encounter Church in Plainwell.

Join Jim’s family for food and fellowship at 12:00 P.M., at 1445 112th Ave., Otsego. If you would like to bring a dish to pass, feel free to do so.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to his family to help with funeral expenses.

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Jim Hoffman

January 13, 2021 at 3:52 pm

So sorry for your loss to Jim’s family. He was such a great guy! At the mill he would drop everything to help fix your problem. I was proud to have him as a friend and pray he rests in peace!



January 13, 2021 at 4:38 pm

Going to miss him, neighborhood will not be the same. RIP Jim. Prayers of strength to his family and friends


Kathi Fuss

January 13, 2021 at 6:35 pm

Sorry to read of your dad’s passing Renee and Deb. You are in my thoughts and prayers


Marcia Nyland

January 13, 2021 at 9:10 pm

For Renee. You always spoke so kindly of your father and I’m so sad to hear of his passing. Prayers to you and your family. Remember, you are never alone. On angel’s wings your father is at peace. Marcia ❤️


Rose Sharrard

January 13, 2021 at 11:25 pm

My prayers are with you Deb and the family . I remember Jim when he was a young man and my neighbor in Parchment.


Judy Pearson

January 14, 2021 at 11:38 am

Dear Deb and Family,

I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one.

I worked with Jim at Menasha. Jim is one of the best people I have ever met.

He was such an incredible person.

He will be missed by so many.

R.I.P. Jim


Melanie Hooker

January 14, 2021 at 12:36 pm

For years he was a second dad to me and he will be missed. Love and prayers to you all.


Rick Howrigon

January 15, 2021 at 6:48 am

So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing, I worked in the maintenance department with Jim at Menasha. A very gifted man, quick wit and we both enjoyed the challenge of our daily crossword puzzles. Great guy wishing the family peace.


Jeff Burleigh

January 16, 2021 at 2:41 pm

Just heard the sad news about Jim’s passing. I worked with Jim for a number of years at Menasha, including in his role as a committee member. He was a good guy to deal with and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family on their loss.


Shannon Lagendyk

January 16, 2021 at 7:16 pm

I will always remember Jim as a smart, hard working, hilarious, and kind man. He always had a great dad way of explaining things when we were younger. He loved wearing those bibs. I even remember him making a pair of sandals from a real tire which I didn’t believe at first til he showed me the bottom tread. He will be greatly missed. Sending my love and prayers, fly high and Rest In Peace now.


John & Nancy Fahrne

January 18, 2021 at 10:46 am

Please except our sympathy for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.


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