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James L. "Jim" Newman
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    222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3882

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“So sorry to hear about Louie last year & Jim this year. - we didn't know - so sorry. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Shari & Gary Bednarick - Manton, MI

“A note of sympathy from Tim &Nancy Spiess. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: tim Spiess - Athens, MI - Friend

“The Newman family. So sorry for your loss, Jim will be missed. I have always thought that all the Newman kids were part of the Hayes family. Hope you...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Don and Lynn Hayes - Mount Dora, FL

“We are deeply sorry for your loss.I hope you feel the love that surrounds you, now and always.Praying for your healing, comfort, strength and peace...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Shauna Hayes - Grand Haven, MI

“Very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.The Todd Newman Family - Tammy, Tara, & Cody ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Tammy Newman - Ceresco, MI

“Jim was a wonderful and most kind person you could meet. My family liked him very much and he was adopted into our family. He will be missed! ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Rosie Taylor - Battle Creek, MI

“My God be with you Jim. Praying for your family.So long my friend ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Steve Sweet - South Haven, MI

“I knew Jim in the '60s when he would visit the Norton's in Kalamazoo. Karol Norton is a blessed friend. My deepest sympathies in your loss. May God...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Diane Sparrow - Kalamazoo, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Newman family. God Bless. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Ann Marie Lemon - Battle Creek, MI

“You and your family are in my heart and mind. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Heather Pontius - Battle Creek, MI

“I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a good man. I'm sending prayers, love and hugs to you all. I ask that God gives you all comfort and strength...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Alicia Bradley - Battle Creek

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12 of 12 | Posted by: Bradley - Battle Creek

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James L. "Jim" Newman, age 66, of Battle Creek passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 17, 2018. He was born in Battle Creek on December 2, 1951, the loving son Louis E. and Margaret Ann Newman. Jim graduated from Battle Creek Central High School with the Class of 1970, and then faithfully served as a volunteer firefighter with Battle Creek Township and as a Master Electrician with the IBEW Local #445 for more than 45 years.

Jim married the "Love of His Life", Janet L. Graves in Battle Creek on June 12, 1971; she sadly preceded him in death on January 14, 2013. He is survived by his children, Anthony (Melissa Eldridge) Newman, Sally (Ken) MacPhee and Stacy (Mike) Lightfoot, all of Battle Creek; his grandchildren, Alex & Ethan Newman, Gracie & Grant MacPhee, Brady, Brogan, Josh & Taylor Lightfoot; his brothers, Duane (Debbie) Newman of Battle Creek, Stephen (Rhonda) Newman of Homer, and Mark (Karen) Newman of Columbia City, Indiana; his mother-in-law, Martha Graves; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and the entire "Newman Clan". Jim was also preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Margaret Ann Newman; and his sister, LuAnn Newman.

Jim was an avid golfer, also enjoyed the Detroit Red Wings, Tigers and NASCAR and he played the drums for many years with his band, "The Country Express". Family was everything to Jim, and he truly loved spending time with his family, and attending his grandchildren's events.

Family and friends will gather from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 21st in the chapel at Memorial Park Cemetery where a service to celebrate Jim's life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday. The family will continue the celebration of Jim's life, with a memorial gathering from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 22nd (the following day) at the American Legion Post #298, 228 North 20th Street. Please omit flowers, and in lieu of flowers consider making donations to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages and/or favorite memories of Jim may be placed at