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James Edward "Jim" Wunderly

James Edward "Jim" Wunderly
  • September 29, 1931 - February 22, 2018
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Yorkville Community Church
    11523 East D. Avenue
    Richland, MI 49083
  • Animal Rescue Project
    219 Peekstock
    Kalamazoo, MI 49001

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“I just found out that Jim had passed. I met Jim through our work with the animals. He was very dedicated to them. I also had a chance to visit him...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Jackie Alden - Kalamazoo, MI

“Doug, Sorry to hear of the loss of your Father! ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Nick Carson - Kalamazoo,, MI

“Dear Doug,You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad. Sincerely,Sue (VanZoeren) Fuller ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Sue Fuller - Paw Paw, MI

“I knew Jim throughout ours years of animal rescue together. Such a kind man and a wonderful heart. You were always a joy to be around. You will be...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“As a friend of Doug's and a member of the Okinawan Karate Academy, My sympathy and prayers go out to your family for the loss of your loved one. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: David Johnson - SCOTTS, MI

“I did not know "Jim"He left a great legacy in his son Douglas who is a friend and my physician.Rest in peace sirArnie Pone D.O. ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Arnis Pone - Mattawan, MI

“I appreciated knowing Jim at The Upjohn Company, and I enjoyed our talks as Jim became an attorney. I knew him as a kind person who focused upon his...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Charles Rothrock - Kalamazoo, MI

“Dear Doug,My deepest sympathy on the sudden loss of your father. I did not know him personally, but he sounds like the sort of innately good and...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Fran (Ver Hey) Glass - Kalamazoo, MI

“Jim was so very special. He was filled with a love for life, he was my best friend. His love for animals and his caring spirit will forever be missed...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Rhonda DeLong - Portage, MI

“My condolences to you and your family so sorry for your loss. No words can express my sorrow during your time of loss. Will pray for you and your...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Jennifer Danver - Kalamazoo, MI

“Knowing Jim the last 15 years or so has been a pure delight. We met doing animal rescue, and I learned that he was one of the kindest people I could...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Jennifer Chudy - MI

“To Mrs. Wunderly,Our thoughts are with you. We have great memories of Mr. Wunderly.Tom and Lisa Novak ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Wunderly passing. It was a pleasure to care for his wife and family. The last time they were in, he gave me a big hug and...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Sherri Vandenhombergh - Kalamazoo, MI

“I knew Jim from the SPCA & admired his dedication to animals in need. He will be missed. ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Jane King - Kalamazoo, MI

15 of 17 | Posted by: DICK & JEAN SCHMITT - KALAMAZOO, MI

“My deepest of condolences. May he Rest In Peace. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Wassim Jawad - Kalamazoo, MI

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wunderly family. A great man will truly be missed. Tyler and I will never forget you. RIP Jim. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Pat Adams - KALAMAZOO, MI

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James Edward "Jim" Wunderly of Kalamazoo, MI

Jim, age 86, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, February 22, 2018, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.

Jim, the son of Edward and Edith (Lampus) Wunderly, was born in New Castle, PA on September 29, 1931. He earned a BS in Pharmacy at Pitt University, an MBA from Western Michigan University, and a JD from Cooley Law School. Jim served his country honorably during the Korean War as a pharmacist in the United States Army. He retired in 1990 from the Upjohn Company of Kalamazoo after 34 years, to begin law school. He was an accomplished musician, a lifelong bodybuilder and an avid weight lifter. He dedicated many years to volunteering with several animal rescue groups throughout the Kalamazoo area. Jim was a member and Elder at the Yorkville Community Church. He was generous to those in need and devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by family and friends, including the furry ones (Newbie and Gracie).

Jim was united in marriage for 64 years to Ann (Anna Mae) Kraus, who survives. Also surviving is his daughter Kathy A. (John) Arnoldi of Muskegon MI; his son Dr. Douglas (Dr. Jacqueline) Wunderly of Richland MI, grandchildren: Dr. Ashley Arnoldi, Kevin Wunderly, Ryan Wunderly, Taylor Allen and Eric Arnoldi, brother-in-law Paul Lafayette, sister-in-law Jackie Kraus, and nephews Ron (Ellen) Kraus and Kip (Heather) Kraus. Jim appreciated his loving longstanding relationship with the Maitlands/ Wilkinsons, who he considered his extended family. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Iris Lafayette, and brother-in-law Harven Kraus.

Jim's family will greet friends on Sunday, February 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue (M-89). The Funeral Service to celebrate Jim's life will be held on Monday, February 26th at 11:00 a.m. at the Yorkville Community Church, 11523 East D Avenue, Richland 49083, with the Rev. Shawn L. Raifsnider, officiating. Interment will follow in Yorkville Cemetery, Ross Township. Family and friends are invited to return to the Church following committal for a time of fellowship and a luncheon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim's honor may be directed to the Yorkville Community Church, the "Animal Rescue Project" at 219 Peekstock, Kalamazoo MI 49001, or to a charity of your choice.