William J. “Jim” Dennis

William J. “Jim” Dennis

Jim passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Alamo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born July 18, 1933 in Otsego, the son of Marshall and Helen (Coburn) Dennis. Jim proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and in the Army Reserves. For many years he had worked for General Motors until his retirement.

A lifelong resident of Otsego, Jim was active with the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, American Legion and the VFW Post #3030 Men’s Auxiliary. He was a past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge and a past member of the Masonic Lodge. Jim was also active with the National Guard at Fort Custer. In his free time he enjoyed traveling and collecting stamps and coins.

On June 27, 1953 in Plainwell he married Winnifred Eddy who survives.

Also surviving are his sons, Jim (Carol) Dennis of Cooper, Bill (Becky) Dennis of Plainwell and Kelly (Tina) Dennis of Otsego; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Charlene Brooks.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Otsego Elks Lodge.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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  1. Rick and Mary Howrigon says:

    Winnie and Family
    Our deepest condolences to all of you. Jim will be missed by many. A Man of great whit.
    Rick and Mary

  2. LaRayne Sweet says:

    So sorry to hear this.. I loved this man..he was one of my favorite customers. . Prayers for your family. .

  3. Penny Browning Baker says:

    Jim and Carol…so very sorry

  4. Kim Dorothy says:

    So very sorry to read this. I shared this story not long ago when Dean Sheldon passed. Jim, Dean and my dad were very good friends. One early summer morning, Dad was awakened by a voice shouting, “Hey Dick!” He dragged himself out of bed to the window and there, in the pool, was Jim and Dean, sitting in a boat with fishing poles. They’d been out all night fishing and decided Dad should share in it. They even kindly brought an eel from Lake Michigan and added it to the pool. I thought it was hysterical; Dad, not so much.

    He will be missed.

  5. Pete Hamman says:

    Winnie, ❤ ((Hugs)).
    £ Pete and Lynn Hamman

  6. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Winnie and Family,
    oh my, I was so saddened to read of Jim’s passing. He was a very knowledgeable man, especially when it came to the Elks history. I always enjoyed listening to him talk about past members. He had a wonderful speaking voice and when he gave the Eleventh Hour Toast it was spoken with great sincerity. I do remember he always gave an extra toast; “The Jolly Coachman’s Toast”. Please know that he is a special Angel in Heaven watching over you! I am sure he is celebrating with all of the other Elk’s members who are there with him!

  7. Bryon and Kim Sheldon says:

    To the Dennis family
    We are so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Many great memories come rushing back. He was a great influence in so many lives. We shall share a toast for him and the Otsego Boys together again. You are in our prayers
    Bryon & Kim
    Fairhope, AL

  8. marge baker says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, he was such a fun guy to be around and what a great man

  9. David McMurray says:

    Jim, so sorry for your loss. Prayers go out for you and the family.

  10. Joyce Sheldon says:

    Jim & Carol
    Bill & Becky
    Kelly & Tina

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.
    my sincere condolences.

    Where did the years go?
    Those carefree days when we were young and without cares? The world was ours to discover; no challenge to great. Then too soon the days are no more-The years have passed and little time remains. Now after the tears have dried and the good byes have been said all we have to hold onto are the memories- Happy Memories that we’ve shared with our loved ones who have passed. This keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds They will continue to live on thru us. Memories of good time spent with Jim & Winnie will always have a special place in our hearts!

  11. Clay and Diane Smith says:

    To you Winnie, Jim & Carol, Bill & Becky, Kelly & Tina,
    Firstly Clay and I would like to tell you Winnie, we love you and our thoughts move in closely as we feel deeply for your sorrow you must endure at this time. We wish we could magically take the hurt away and make everything okay as you work through this tragic time, Clay and I extend our Prayers to you Winnie. God Bless

    Jim’s Boys and Your Wives,
    You all have much strength and Clay and I know your strength will help your mom to work through this, as you all will “family style”each day and days ahead. Years have showed us all that the Dennis Family always, and many have seen it, you do all things (TOGETHER). I envy you in that way….But you all know how you all learned this, right? And this is why you all will be at work effortlessly helping each other, Mom more to get through this hurtful time.
    We pray for you, Our thoughts are with you. Special always you will be…..

    The Smith”s

    Clay and Diane

  12. Don & Sadie Sheldon says:

    Winnie and family
    So sorry to hear about Jim. I have such great memories of him when I was a kid. what a great story teller. and one of the funniest people I have ever met. Such great times were had with Jim, Dick Dorothy, Jack Howrigon and my dad. We are praying for you during this difficult time.

  13. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    To Winnie and Family.
    Please know that we are thinking of all of you at this very, very sad time in your lives. It is so hard to lose a parent. We always enjoyed Jim so much when we were active at the Otsego Elks many years ago. We are sending a lot of sympathy and caring thoughts your way. We will not be able to be at Jim’s memorial service, but we sure will be thinking about you. May your special memories help to guide you through the days, weeks, and months ahead. Take care now.

  14. Sherry Hanson says:

    Winnie & family ,
    We are so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all as you grieve the loss of husband, father & grandpa .
    Mike & Sherry Hanson

  15. Bob Grinnell says:

    Saddened to loose an Elk and Moose Brother. Rest in peace my friend.
    My condolences to Jim’s family.

  16. Greg Morris says:

    Winnie and your family,
    I’m very sorry to hear about you loss. Jim was a good and he will be missed. My prayers and condolences go our to you..

  17. Dave and Karen Howrigon says:

    So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He touched many lives. Always a smile and can still hear him giving the 11th hour toast at the Elks. You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

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