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James Arnold "Jim" Fish, Sr.

James Arnold "Jim" Fish, Sr.
  • February 21, 1927 - August 25, 2016
  • Hickory Corners, Michigan
  • Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation-Jim Fish Sr. Scholarship Fund
    11775 East D Avenue
    Richland, MI 49083
  • Barry County Conservation Districit
    1611 S. Hanover Street, Ste. 105
    Hastings, MI 49058

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“I did not know Jim or his family but read his obituary and was impressed and inspired by his life and all that he did for his family, country, and...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Coral Fry - MI

“While it saddens us to know Jim is gone from our lives, we are blessed remembering all the good times we had together. We will miss Jim's smiles, and...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Bobbie & Ron Green - TX

“Katie and I are truly sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Christy Tigchelaar - Delton, MI

“To The Fish Family,We are very sorry for your loss. One of Jim's legacies as a true conservationist of the land and watershed we marvel at each day...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Jim and Mary Adrianson - MI

“My husband Mark knew Jim better than I did....they spent hours and hours talking about trees and wildlife and hunting and life. My favorite memories...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Hilde Janke - Allegan, MI

“The love your family shares, the faith that you live and the memories you cherish will continue for many years to ease the pain of you loss. My...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Suzie Tooman - Richland, MI

“Alice and Family,I was so sadden to hear of Jim Sr. passing. I was truly blessed having met this warm and kind soul. He will be missed by so many....Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Cindy Lindner(Boulter) - Columbus, GA

“Alice, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Bryan and Janet Hull - Fenwick, MI

“Condolences to the family for the loss of a wonderful man. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: Richard and Kathy Aldrich

“We were so sorry to here of the loss of Jim, I have so many fond memories of growing up and spending time with your family. We are all thinking of...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Steve,Cindy,Mitchell Turner - MI

“Alice, Susan, Tammy, Jimmy. Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Husband/Father. We know his kindness and spirit will be greatly...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Benjamin & Sara Huelsbergen - MI

“Sorry to hear of Jim's passing, he was truly a great person & Dairyman. ”
12 of 21 | Posted by: Roger Vander Molen - Lawrence, MI

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Alice and the family. Jim was a caring, down to earth and whole hearted man. He will be missed but not forgotten! ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Ryan Blue - Seattle, WA

“Tami and Family, We loved running into Jim and Alice at the Mission. He was such an interesting and upbeat person and always seemed truly engaged in...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: - Richland, MI

“Susan and all the Family, So sorry for your loss of your Dad! You are in my Thoughts and Prayers. Remember all the good times you had with him and...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Fish FamilySo very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all. Mike and Vicky Firnstahl (Jim Jrs friends) ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Mike &Victoria Firnstahl - MI

“Alice and Family: I am saddened by the death of Jim Sr. Your entire family took my Mom and Dad in, and your friendship meant the world to them. ...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Theresa Bond - Kalamazoo, MI

“My sympathies, thoughts and prayers to Alice and family during this difficult time of loss ... may God bless. ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Richard Blue - Kalamazoo, MI

“so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers, Dave & Jane Dyer ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“There were some great conservationists that I never got to meet: Teddy Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, John Muir, Ding Darling, and Aldo Leopold but in...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: jim Bruce - Hastings, MI

“One only has so many rare opportunities to meet extraordinary people in ones lifetime. How blessed I was to meet your father, the Patriarch of an...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Julie and family Goodwin - MI


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James Arnold "Jim" Fish, Sr. of Hickory Corners, MI

Jim, age 89, died Thursday morning, August 25, 2016 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI and in the presence of his family.

Jim was born the son of Robert and Margaret (Lowe) Fish, in Scranton, PA on Feb. 21, 1927. He attended Scranton Country Day School and the Choate School in CT. In 1950, Jim graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Animal Science and Forestry. He relocated to Michigan where he was employed by R.F. Locke as Manager of Lockshore Farms. Jim served in WWII as a Merchant Marine in the US Coast Guard and US Navy, and again in the Korean War, with the Army. In 1957, Jim was united in marriage to Alice Belin and in 1963, bought Lockshore Farms. Jim had one of the top Guernsey herds in the country. He won multiple awards while exhibiting cattle at the local, state, national and international level and was a well respected judge, nationally and internationally. Jim served on the Board of Directors for the American Guernsey Cattle Club, the Michigan Guernsey Breeders Assoc., Michigan Dairy Breeders Assoc., the Michigan Pure Bred Cattle Assoc., Farm Credit Services, Barry County Farm Bureau, Michigan Farm Bureau, Dairy Herd Improvement, Independent Milk Producers Assoc., Dairy Farmers of America, MSU Dairy Advisory Council, the Governor's Milk Marketing Committee and the Governor's Advisory Council for Michigan Dairy Industry. He was instrumental in supporting dairy farmers and the pricing of milk and milk products. In 1987, Jim was named Michigan Dairy Farmer of the Year and in 1991 was inducted into the Michigan Farmer's Hall of Fame. Jim never missed a chance to be outdoors and the woods were his second home. He loved to hunt, fish and was an avid conservationist. Jim was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever, Trout Unlimited, Michigan Wild Turkey Association, The Nature Conservancy, Michigan Forest Association and Michigan United Conservation Club. Jim served on the Board of Directors for the Four Township Water Resource Council, the Potawatomi RC&D Council, Michigan Professional Loggers Council and the Barry County Water and Soil Conservation District. Jim received the Dow Conservation Award, the Goodyear Conservation Award and District Conservationist of the year for Barry County. In 2000, he was named Michigan Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year and in 2001, U.S. North Central Region Tree Farmer of the Year. He loved working on the farm and in the woods.

Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother, Robert and Margaret Fish and two half brothers, Arthur and William Connell and daughter-in-law, Lory Fish. Jim is survived by his wife, Alice, brother, Robert Fish (Vermont), three children, Tamalyn (Dave) Flook, James Fish, Jr. and Susan (Brian) Buckham, four grandchildren, Mackenzie Flook, Darren Fish, Cody and Kylie Buckham and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to a "Celebration of Jim's Life" at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Road, Hastings, MI 49058 on Saturday, October 15, 2016 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Donations in Jim's honor can be made to Barry County Conservation or Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation in support of an Agriculture/Conservation Scholarship.