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James D. Coburn

Jim passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born April 14, 1952 in Plainwell the son of Mickle and Vina (Vanderpool) Coburn. Jim loved to be outdoors. He enjoyed shotgun sports and was a member of the Gun River Conservation Club and the Barry County Skeet and Trap Club. More than anything he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. On August 28, 1996 he married Debra Hoard who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Cory (Carrie) Coburn, Jeremy Coburn and James (Tammi) Sprau all of Martin; 8 grandchildren, Caylee, Karra, Collin, Kaden, Cirsten, Cooper, Clay and Willow; siblings, Larry, Gary, Clint, Evelyn, Garnet, Linda and Dorothy along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Clyde, Carl, Gwen, Charlotte and Carol.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family from 5-7 PM, Friday, March 5, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego where a private family memorial service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 6, 2021 with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

A live stream of the service will be available on March 6, 2021 starting at 11:00 A.M. here:

Burial of ashes will take place at South Martin Cemetery.

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.

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February 24, 2021 at 6:27 pm

Deb sending you love from the Blanchard bunch. We are so sorry for your loss. Love you lady ❤️



February 24, 2021 at 6:58 pm

So sorry for your family’s loss.May his memory always bring comfort.


Melody (Shook) Henckel

February 24, 2021 at 7:37 pm

Love and prayers to the Coburn family. Jim was a long time friend of our family, always at our house as kids . A long time best of friend to my brothers Denny and Floyd. Just a great guy. Rest in peace, you will be missed!


Mary Warner

February 24, 2021 at 8:56 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Jim sold me my first life insurance policy many years ago. I still have it today. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.


Roxann (Gruber) Volosky

February 24, 2021 at 10:55 pm


I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, you have my sincerest sympathy. I will be praying for you and the family at this time of heartache and loss.

Love from your old school friend,



Randy Khodl

February 25, 2021 at 3:03 am


I am so sorry about Uncle Jim The whole family is in our prayers.


Diane M Long

February 25, 2021 at 6:37 am

Cory and family,

Sending our thoughts and prayers to you. So sorry for the loss of your Father.

Mike & Diane Long


Garnet Lewis

February 25, 2021 at 8:13 am

Memories of Jim are always about this sweet, gentle and caring brother that he was. He was the same whether it was family or friend, always there with a helping hand.

I was fortunate to be his sister, although I was fourteen when he was born, I was a huge part of his growing up.. Large family’s are truly a blessing and Jim leaves us with so many great memories to share with others.

Thankful that he is at peace and free of pain. Rest in peace special brother.


Christine coburn

February 25, 2021 at 2:57 pm

So sorry for your loss


Ken and Toni Coburn

February 25, 2021 at 5:04 pm

Cory……I sorry for the loss of your father. Toni and I will Keep you in our thoughts and prayers. . Ken Coburn


Chuck Franko

February 25, 2021 at 8:35 pm

Cory and Family so sorry for your loss. Your in our prayers.

Chuck and Cindy Franko


Terry Shook

February 26, 2021 at 1:18 pm

I am beyond sorry to hear about Jim. What a wonderful man he was. He was Dennys best man at our wedding in 1974. Many many great memories. I believe he’s healthy in heaven now. My love to everyone, especially Deb.



February 26, 2021 at 6:39 pm

Uncle Jimmy

Was such a good and caring man, always there whenever you needed a hand. He would light up whenever he had a chance to brag on his grandkids. He had so many great things to say about all of them. I have the best memories with him being at the farm and all the guys meeting out there to deer hunt on a Sunday afternoon after one of Grandmas dinners. The best is driving up north in a packed car so the guys could hunt and on the way home grandpa getting us lost and it taking an extra 2 hours to get home..or just 6 short years ago Uncle Jimmy helping dad build me a ramp in the rain after I had ankle surgery so I could come home the next day instead of going to a rehab place. That’s love! I wouldn’t give those memories up for anything.



February 26, 2021 at 7:18 pm

I will always remember my little brothers big smile and his Relentless teasing. Always a joy to be around. Rest in peace


Becky Roderick

March 1, 2021 at 8:27 pm

To the family: so sorry to hear of loss. Prayers and condolences to all.


Anthony Seekman

March 3, 2021 at 2:39 pm

So sorry to hear about the loss of Jim. Always loved seeing and shooting with him at the Gun Club. Great man gone too soon. My thoughts will be with the family in this hard time.


Kathy Morris

March 3, 2021 at 5:40 pm

My Dearest Friend Deb,

My heart aches with you and your family during this most difficult time. Jim had that special sparkle in his eyes for you, loved you dearly to the Moon and Back! My thoughts and Prayers are with you all, please remember your Faith, Family and Friends are by your side during this incredible loss, I will always remember that very enduring smile he carried with him everyday! God Bless–


Vera zugel

March 5, 2021 at 7:37 am

So sorry for your loss. Another special angel in heaven . I know he will be missed. God bless


Alice and Tom Kelsey

March 5, 2021 at 9:09 am

The Kelsey family offers their sincere condolences to the Coburn family.


Deborah Hudson

March 5, 2021 at 11:39 am

Deb and family, I’m so sorry for your loss! Jimmy was such a great guy, very sweet and caring, with a crazy sense of humor! I have so many great memories when we were young and in school hanging with our friends! Best Uncle ever. Rest In Peace Uncle Cobie! I will miss you!!! ♥️


Carol LaDuke

March 5, 2021 at 4:13 pm

Prayers for the family. So sorry for your loss.


Scott Pierce

March 7, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Jim was a fun guy to be around. Jim and Denny were always a source of Good advice in those high school days. May GOD guide and comfort the family in this time.


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