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“So saddened by your loss. I knew Jim from his years at Argubright College and the fun times we had together at First Baptist Church in the early 1960...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: James Harris - Belleville, IL

“So sorry ti hear of Jim's passing. Sending prayers and Love to the family ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Patty Clissold - Battle creek, MI

“Roberta, Dugald and I were saddened and shocked to hear of Jim's sudden passing. He was larger than life and such a character. Our deepest...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Carol McCulloch - BATTLE CREEK, MI

“Roberta, We were so sorry to learn about Jim's passing. He was such an important influence in our community. Both of your many hours and hours of...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Jim and Carolyn Humeston - MI

“Jim and Roberta welcomed our family into the neighborhood with open arms. It was the first timeWe had such welcoming neighbors. Jim will be missed. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Katina Simmons - Battle Creek, MI

“Roberta,We are deeply sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We remember Jim fondly for his great passion of history and his steadfast leadership and...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“My thoughts and prayers will be with you Roberta during this trying time. Will miss Jim's presence around Beacon Ridge Condos. My he rest in peace. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Anna Sharp - Battle Creek, MI

“Mrs. Rocho, Mrs. Stewart, my deepest sympathies to for the loss of your husband. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Verna (Lindsay) Meneguzzo - MI

“Roberta, Ron and I enjoyed getting to know Jim through our Pennfield gatherings. He was always patient with all our chatter. Your work together on...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Sine - Battle Creek, MI

“Roberta, so sorry for your loss. Have not seen either of you in awhile. I remember how hard you both worked on our 50th reunion. It was such a fun...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: KAREN LEBARRE - BRADENTON, FL

“Roberta we are so sorry for your loss! We will always remember Jim especially for his humor during our neighborhood dinner outings. We will keep him...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Cip & Alma Gomez - Norfolk, VA


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James A. "Jim" Rocho, age 82, of Battle Creek passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, September 8, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek on April 1, 1939, the son of Hilton and Dorothy (Bailey) Rocho. Jim graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1957 and was a lifelong resident of Battle Creek. Jim graduated from Argubright Business College, attended Western Michigan University, and retired from the Kellogg Company in 1994.

Jim and his father built houses together, so Jim's interest in construction has been forever. He also restored many houses, starting with his grandfathers', as well as building a four-unit townhouse, a grand family home, and creating Beacon Ridge Condos.

Jim married Roberta Stewart on July 26, 1991 and attended Convis Union United Methodist Church with her. He is survived by his wife, Roberta; and cousins, Cindy (Ed) Gustke and Patricia Ernst.

Jim was a member of the Kellogg 25 Year Club, the Jaycees, participated in the Leila Follies, and was active in the First Baptist Church. He was always very involved in many organizations in the community with its history as its goal. This included Home Tours, Merritt Commons, and especially the Battle Creek Regional History Museum. For this interest, Jim was rewarded with a George Award. Jim's motto was "May what I do be a betterment for my community."

Friends will be received 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 13th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek where services to celebrate Jim's life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday. The service will be Live-Streamed and may be viewed at https://vimeo.com/601329510. Jim will be interred at Hicks West Pennfield Cemetery. Memorials directed to the Battle Creek Regional History Museum, c/o The Battle Creek Community Foundation (https://www.bccfoundation.org/giving/rhmccfund) (Checks made payable to BCCF-RHMCC), 32 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1, Battle Creek, MI 49017, would be appreciated. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Jim may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.