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James L. Curtis

Jim passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at his home in Portage.

He was born March 29, 1936 in Florida, the son of Eveylyn Carpenter. For many years Jim worked in sales at Allied Paper Company until his retirement. Jim enjoyed traveling, dancing and boating. He was a longtime member and a Commodore of the Singapore Yacht Club in Saugatuck. On December 15, 1985 at Allegan Episcopal Good Shephard Church he married Joan Leighton who passed away last December.

Surviving are his children, Brad (Ronnie) Curtis and Keith (Angie) Curtis; step-children, Richey (Patricia) Anson, Tami (Doug) Dommert, Bill (Jackie) Sleeman and Marc (Kathy) Sleeman; grandchildren, Darrick Curtis, Ryan (Tara) Curtis, Brittany (Bobbie) Curtis and Bradley Curtis; step-grandchildren, Marcus, Grant, Anthony, Dillon, Katie, Natalie, Gracie and Gabi; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Aubrey and Axle and step-great-grandchildren, Ellie Jay and Mariah.

He was preceded in death by his mother and sister, Jeanette Stoughton and first wife, Marilyn Helentahal.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A gathering of close family and friends will take place on October 2, 2021.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to

Wings of Hope Hospice


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Gregg Stoughton

September 16, 2021 at 7:06 pm

Keith and Brad, So sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Jim. I remember many a day,hanging out at your place in Kalamazoo and Plainwell. A lot of good times.


Ken & Joni LaGrand

September 17, 2021 at 10:38 pm

Jim & Joanie were great friends. We shared many happy hours at Singapore Yacht Club as well as many great boat trips. We extend our condolences to all of the family members. Their memories will live on!


Carol McPherson

September 18, 2021 at 8:12 am

So sad to hear of Jim’s passing.

Just talked to him September 7th, he was in the hospital, he said

he was doing better, just not fast enough.

The Allied group will really miss him.

RIP our friend.


Bryon & Kim Sheldon

September 18, 2021 at 3:12 pm

Uncle Jim and Aunt Jonie was a special couple. You could always see the love they had for one another. It is sad to see that they are both gone but at least they are together again. We have so many memories with them both from their home in Allegan , watching them dress up as Mr. & Mrs. Clause and visit the nursing home, the boat in Saugatuck, the visits to AL, the reunions at the Dawg House. We always enjoyed them all. They will be missed but the memories will live on. RIP


Robert Lamar

September 20, 2021 at 10:12 am

Bob and Trish Lamar ,we will miss both of them very much. We did a lot with them and Ken and Joanne. We called Jim la Curtis (dutch name). We send our condolences to the family.thanks


Carol & Don Waddell

September 28, 2021 at 9:18 am

Both Don and I enjoyed spending time with Jim and Jonie during our time at Singapore Yacht Club. Jim was always ready with a quick smile. Ready to lend a helping hand and always with an upbeat attitude. . Our condolences to the family.


Michael Chade

October 3, 2021 at 8:12 pm

Keith & Brad, I’m very sorry for the loss of your father. My mother and father were very good family friends. My thoughts and prayers.


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