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James "Jim" Wiersema
  • First Wesleyan Church
    14425 S. Helmer Road
    Battle Creek, MI 49015
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“A good man. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Patrick Klocke - Vulcan, MI

“Jim was a good man. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Patrick Klocke - Vulcan, MI

“Condolences to Jims family. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Steve Shirk - Lumberton, TX

“Blessings to the entire family in your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all.A long ago neighbor,Roxanne Bengelink ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“I am sorry for your loss. I have video of my mother(Doris Brangwyn) talking about Hazel possible having a family Bible of the Scott family , I have...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: James Brangwyn - OLIVET, MI

“Marti and family:We were both so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. Duane shared quite a few memories with Jim when Jim would visit the Flea Market in...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Duane and Sharon (Hazel) Bowker - MI

“Phil, Brooke and I are grateful for being able to spend Thanksgiving with your family a year ago. You were all so kind and generous and we truly felt...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Alisa King - Kalamazoo, MI

“Cousin Jim was a very pleasant and courteous, and kind person. I always enjoyed seeing him and Marty at the family reunions, but I look forward to...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Susan Scott Stahly - Marshall, MI

“Thoughts and prayers for Marti and children, Jackie & family & Becky& family. I love you all ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Gloria Owens - Phoenix City, AL

“Jaime,I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Elizabeth Hollis - Mount Pleasant, TN

“Jamie and FamilyYou have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. SincerelyVanessa Scott ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Vanessa Scott - Columbia, TN

“My deepest sympathy to Jamie Wiersema and family on the loss of your father. Having lost my father recently, I completely empathize with your loss. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Pam Nelson - Mt. Pleasant, TN

“The Shelley family sends our deepest condolences. He was a big part of my life when he was fishing with my dad, Ken. He will never be forgotten. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: ANNETTE G SHELLEY - PORTAGE, MI

“Steve and I remember the many years we served side by side with Jim & Marti at the church in Richland. We also went on our very first cruise with Jim...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Darlene Mills - Winter Haven, FL

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James Lyle "Jim" Wiersema, 78, of Richland, died Monday, November 26, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice, Kalamazoo. He was born June 26, 1940 the son of Hazel Scott Wiersema and Lisle Wiersema, both deceased. Jim was a graduate of Richland High School, attend Whirlpool Institute and WMU. James was united in marriage on December 8, 1963 to former Martha Robyn.

Jim is survived by his wife, Martha, of almost 55 years and three children, Jamie Wiersema (Springhill, TN), Kristi Zook (Greg, IL), and Jason Wiersema (MI). Jim was a proud grandfather to Zachary Dean Zook, Mitchell James Zook, and Madeline Grace Zook; a brother to Jackie Walters (Norman) and Becky Horrigan; an uncle to very special nieces and nephews; and good friend of Bill W. for over 35 years.

His first business venture was a shooting preserve for pheasants with his friends, Gus Crane and Ron Holsted. Later, he became an electrician and project manager, retiring from Moore Electric of Kalamazoo. He served as building inspector for the Village of Richland for a number of years, a Director of the Building Exchange of the Kalamazoo Area (1980-1983), in addition to playing an active role when New Hope Church in Richland replaced their building. When Jim wasn't busy managing or helping someone with electrical projects, he loved bird hunting with amazing dogs, and everything to do with fishing.

Jim faced death with faith, fully aware of the Chaplain and special friends, Phil and Alyssa King, who prayed with him. He said, "Amen," and "I'm ready to go," and was then at peace.

Jim's church meant a lot to him, so the family is having a Celebration of Life service at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018 at First Wesleyan, 14425 Helmer Road, Battle Creek. Any contributions can be made to the church, Hospice Care of South West MI (, or your choice. We're also grateful to Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care.