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James F. Menck

Jim passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Allegan General Hospital.

He was born January 31, 1940 in Kalamazoo, the son of William Menck and Edith (Savage) Cannom. Jim had worked at Michigan Gas Utilities until his retirement in 1994. After retiring Jim went to work at a well drilling company in the area. He had been the Trowbridge Township Supervisor and Assessor for many years.

In his spare time Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, woodworking and gardening. He loved spending time with his family, farming together and taking trips up north. On November 8, 1958 in Kalamazoo he married Katheryn Riley who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Deborah (Lynn) Philley of Plainwell and Patricia Grebner of Texas; grandson, Peyton Grebner of Texas and siblings, William (Shirley) Menck, Janene (Fallyen) Fitzpatrick, Sharon Cubitt, Tom (Nan) Menck, Jerry (Lynn) Menck and Karen (Ken) Schuemann.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Kathy and Susan.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to At the Master’s Feet Discipleship Ministry.

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Merry ( Webb) Kingsley & Rick Myers

August 21, 2019 at 6:18 pm

So sorry to hear about Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


Jack Webb

August 21, 2019 at 7:05 pm

So very sorry for your loss.He was a great man and was a mentor tome in my growing up.i learned so much from Jim. Words can’t express how I feel.Just know we loved him and will be.thinking of you all.


George Webb

August 21, 2019 at 7:35 pm

I’m so sorry to hear. He was a great man and neighbor. Always willing to help anyone. Had a ton of memories with him, Katie, Deb and Patty. My condolences to his family. RIP Jim. You will never be forgotten.


Jr Webb

August 21, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Sorry for your families loss. Jim was a great man and a great friend to my Grandparents and family. Katie you’re in my thoughts and prayers along with his whole family.


Chris Nielsen

August 21, 2019 at 8:27 pm

Dearest friends, Words can’t express what I’m feeling for you right now. You have all been “family” for so many years. You are in my thoughts and prayers. With much love….Chris


Richard and Paula Hastings

August 22, 2019 at 9:07 am

We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Your in our hearts and thoughts. Prayers are with you.


Bob and Roberta stewart

August 22, 2019 at 9:09 am

Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Jim was a wonderful person.


Dennis & Lindsey Smiertka

August 22, 2019 at 10:30 am

We were very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. What a great guy and wonderful neighbor. Thinking and praying for you and your family.


Ray Moored

August 22, 2019 at 1:45 pm

So sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort to the family.


Keith Goodrich

August 22, 2019 at 4:24 pm

So sorry, he was great man and one of a kind


Sam Livingston

August 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Sorry for your loss. Remember when I hung out with the Webb boys.


Keith Goodrich

August 22, 2019 at 4:37 pm

So sorry, he was a great man and one of a kind


Bill & Brenda Standish

August 22, 2019 at 5:31 pm

what a great guy with a great smile! Katheryn our hearts ache for you. Know that we are praying for comfort for you and your family.



August 22, 2019 at 7:27 pm

Kathy we are sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Love the Keith family❤


Brenda (Milbocker) Lindel

August 22, 2019 at 10:03 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories spending time with your family. Kathy, Deb, & Patty please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.


Linda Verburg

August 23, 2019 at 11:03 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. He was such a kind man


Milton & Kate Johnson

August 23, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Katheryn, we are sorry to hear about Jim. You have our sincere sympathy. We shall be praying for you, dear friend. May our Father hold you close in the days ahead. Love and hugs


Don (Deke) Dekema

August 23, 2019 at 1:09 pm

So sorry to hear this sad news–Jim was a great guy to work with at the Gas Company MGU.

He was a great Union President for lots of years USW 14250 .

He was a very hard worker and we had a lot of coffee breaks together.

The family has mine and Donnas deepest sympathies.

Don and Donna Dekema


Andres Caliz

August 23, 2019 at 1:58 pm

I’m so sorry for the loss, he was my grandfather in Michigan, a great man, is in my prayers, I send a huge to Kathy, Deborah, Patricia and Peyton.


David Volker

August 25, 2019 at 11:20 am

So sorry to hear this… I enjoyed working with Jim many years.. he was a good teacher to learn the gas business.. He will be messed.. our prayers and sympathies to all.


Dave Volker

August 25, 2019 at 11:22 am

So sorry to hear this… I enjoyed working with Jim many years and will be praying for you all.


Brad Eshbaugh

August 25, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Kathy, I’m so glad I got a chance to talk to Jim at the trapping convention last week. My condolences and prayers to you and the family. May God’s peace be with you all.



August 26, 2019 at 6:43 pm

Sending healing prayers to you and your family.


Steve and Diane Belden

September 3, 2019 at 1:54 pm

We’re so sorry for your loss Kathryn and family.

The neighborhood won’t be the same without him!

We’re sure there are many wonderful memories to give you comfort during this sad time.

Steve and Diane Belden


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