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James R. Mcgee

Jim passed away Monday, June 5, 2023, at his home in Kalamazoo.

He was born July 29, 1927 in Kalamazoo, the son of Warner and Alice (Raven) McGee. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army during World War II. He attended Parsons Business School and owned and operated McGee Oil Company in Kalamazoo for 43 years until his retirement in 1992.

Jim was a member of the Otsego United Methodist Church. In his free time he enjoyed mowing his lawn, researching his ancestry, scrapbooking family photos, camping, traveling and loved baking pies and cookies with his great-grandchildren. On October 19, 1951 he married Mildred “Millie” Triemstra who passed away in 2020.

Surviving are his daughter, Jane (David) Glas; grandchildren, Lisa (Matt) Nieuwenhuis and Christopher McGee; great-grandchildren, Sydney and Cody Nieuwenhuis; daughter-in-law, Willo McGee, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Richard McGee and siblings, Donald, David and Alice Margaret “Peg” Grice.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family starting at 12:00 P.M., Friday, June 9, 2023, at the Otsego United Methodist Church until the time of funeral service at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor Jeremy Africa officiating.

Military Honors by VFW Post #3030.

Burial will take place at 11:00 A.M., Monday, June 12, 2023 at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park South in Kalamazoo.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Otsego United Methodist Church.

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James Hoffman

June 5, 2023 at 5:11 pm

My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of my great friend as well as many from the Otsego United Methodist Church. I have so much respect for Jim and have had so many great conversations with him! Rest in Peace my great friend you have earned it.


Gina Watson

June 5, 2023 at 8:46 pm

So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He attended Kindergarten with Jason’s grandma Dorothy Watson and they had a regular lunch bunch that would get together often. Jim was the last member of the lunch bunch. Grandma thought very highly of Jim and his wife. Thanks you for your service and God bless your family.


Josephine Pape

June 6, 2023 at 10:16 pm

I’m so sorry for the passing of a wonderful man of our church. He and Millie are definitely elated to be together again.

It was so good to see Jim at church for our Memorial Day Church Service.

He will be greatly missed, but he has left behind a wonderful legacy.

RIP my friend.


Char Forbes

June 7, 2023 at 8:41 am

Thoughts and prayers to Jim’s family. Jim was loved by our church family for so many things – most of all his friendly smile and generous hugs. It has always been so inspiring to see him “light-up” when recognized for his service to our country or when he wore his patriotic attire (especially his red, white and blue socks)! Feeling grateful he is blessed to be re-joined with his precious Millie. May your family find comfort in treasured memories.


Cindi Dale Laws

June 7, 2023 at 2:16 pm

So sorry Jane and family, I enjoyed his company when taking him meals and recently found out he and my dad (Mel Gibson) were friends as they were both in the oil business. Art liked taking care of his house and doing the many chores he couldn’t do anymore, then really showing his appreciation. He will be missed in our household.


Rev. Dan & Jolene Minor

June 7, 2023 at 10:58 pm

Jim was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, loved his church, and many friends. I loved talking with him about one of his favorite topics: Abraham Lincoln. He loved telling stories of his youth when he would talk to Civil War veterans. Of course, he loved his Millie and his family. A proud veteran. A friendly personality. A nice smile. Grace and peace to his family and large circle of friends.


Joyce and Darl Gilliland

June 8, 2023 at 8:16 am

Jim was our last WWII veteran still attending church. He was very Patriotic and shared many stories. He was able to attend our last Memorial Sunday and sported his Patriotic tie and socks and his huge smile. Always sharing hugs and so appreciative for anything that was done for him. We will certainly miss Jim but knowing he’s reunited with his sweet Millie gives us comfort. God bless you, Jim and thank you for your love and friendship ❤️


Joyce Kruithoff

June 8, 2023 at 9:33 am

When I started coming to the Otsego United Methodist Church I noticed a woman in the choir who sang with a beautiful smile. Then I noticed a gentleman in the pews standing with great character and a smile toward the woman. It was Jim and Mille McGee! He will be missed but so glad he is with Millie. And as Millie is singing in God’s Choir he can look at her with his special smile! Jim was an honorable man!


Jana Kiphart

June 11, 2023 at 5:44 pm

Dave, Jane, & Lisa,

So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Jane, your folks were both wonderful people. A lot of great memories with you all!

Our prayers & deepest sympathy..

Jeff & Jana Kiphart


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