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James M. Wolverton

Jim passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born May 3, 1947 in Flint, the son of John and Mildred (Rider) Wolverton. Jim was a graduate of Grand Blanc High School and went on to earn a BS and MBA from Western Michigan University. He was a retired accountant. He had owned his own tax accounting business, taught at both KVC and WMU and worked at several area companies. Jim was a proud member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Jim always valued time spent with his family, especially at the family cottage at Houghton Lake where he had been going since he was a young boy. On December 28, 1976 in Portage, he married Barbara Dobbie who survives.

Also surviving are his children, James Jr. (Lynn) Wolverton of Birch Run and Tracy (Mike) Boelman of Portage; 5 grandchildren, Amanda, Zoe, Cloe, Skyler and Sydney; siblings, Carol Ellis and Judy (Scott) Hallas; aunt, Barb Murphy along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place. No services are planned at this time.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the

Otsego Public Schools Foundation.

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Gene & Sandy Willis

October 18, 2021 at 4:40 pm

Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I read your Dad visited Houghton Lake, my Aunt had a clothing business up there and we would go there in the summer and again for Tip Up town. Remember all those special memories of your Dad,


Terry VanLent

October 18, 2021 at 6:36 pm

So sorry to hear this, he was a very nice person. May God Bless you with peace with your memories of him❤️


Terry Flattley

October 18, 2021 at 10:01 pm

Barb, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss and will hold your family in prayer.

Terry Robinson Flattley

(Classmate of Barb’s)


Jonica (Dendel) Hindenach

October 19, 2021 at 8:18 am

Sending love n prayers n lots of hugs.


Kathi Fuss

October 19, 2021 at 12:10 pm

You are in my thoughts and prayers, Barb! So sorry for your loss . Definitely the hardest part of our lives to go through!


Sarah Clemens

October 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Barb and family,

Praying that loving memories help to bring you all comfort and peace.


Sarah Clemens and Family


Chari Webster

October 19, 2021 at 7:11 pm

Many wonderful memories between our two families. Sending love and prayers your way.


Joyce Gilliland

October 20, 2021 at 6:16 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. May you and your family feel all the prayers being said for you during this difficult time. God bless you.


Rick Johnson

October 21, 2021 at 1:54 am

Sorry for your loss Jim.


Nan Krapf

October 22, 2021 at 9:53 am

Barb and your family, I am so sad to hear of your loss. My condolences.


Kris Schurkamp

October 24, 2021 at 9:47 am

I’m sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, Barb. I hope you are feeling a sense of peace and understanding along with the loss you’ve experienced. It’s never easy to lose someone you’ve loved. I’ll look for you when I start walking the neighborhood again soon! My thoughts are with you as you move forward!


Nancy and Larry Wilson

October 24, 2021 at 12:28 pm

Dear Barb

So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We always enjoyed his company at the school parties. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Nancy and Larry Wilson


David Sleep

October 25, 2021 at 12:54 pm

Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Dave and Deb Sleep


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