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“I have so many fond memories of uncle Jim :)My Family moved to New Mexico when I was young & we tried to visit at least once a year. He would always...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Jessica Gibson - NM - Family

“I've known Jim since early teens and my entire family adored him. He was a great and generous loving person. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Esther Macomber - Kalamazoo, MI


3 of 14 | Posted by: Jack & Dorothy Welborn - MI

“Sorry for your loss Jim was a funny guy he was a good friend and co worker for many years he will be missed, God Bless and keep him in his loving...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“It's been my honor to know Jim this past 15 yrs and I will miss him at our Saturday morning breakfast when I'm in Michigan and this year I(We)...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Jack Judd - Parrish, FL

“Jimmy will be missed so by us and many others. He was so likeable, fun and kind. Walt and I offer our sympathies to the entire family and pray for...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Jackie (Couch) Redmond - Richland, MI

“I am very sorry for your loss. My family and I give sincere condolences. May you all find much peace and comfort from the God of love. Deepest...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Brewer's

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: young - OH

“Steve sorry for your loss of your dad Ann I can't make the visitation but I plan on being at the funeral God Bless you and your family ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Scott Kuiper - Kalamazoo, MI

“I worked with him on sigh tel with MDOT learned a lot and had fun working. Will miss him. Prayers to the family sorry ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Steve Watermanh2o - Hersey, MI

“Jim was one of the first people we met when we moved to Richland in 1978. He taught us how to play shuffleboard at the Pub. He loved talking about...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Rob and Stevie Brinkerhoff - MI

“Steve, Carol and family;Our sympathies to you and your family on the loss or your father, father in law and grandfather.You will be in our thoughts...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Brad and Judy Pressley - MI

“We will really miss Jimmy, he was like family. My heart goes out to Joyce & family. You will be in our thoughts & prayers. We have enjoyed the 40+...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Nancy/Glenn Nevelle SR - Portage, MI

“Joyce & Steve, we are sorry to know Jimmy has left us. We do know he is at peace and no longer in pain or suffering with cancer. He has been a...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: John & Nancy Woods - Kalamazoo, MI


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James L. "Jim" Walker, 80, of Richland, died Sunday, September 17, 2017. Jim was born January 31, 1937 in Richland to Frank and Mabel (Barker) Walker. He attended Richland Agricultural School until 1954.

Jim never met a stranger and talked to everyone. He played fast pitch softball with the Rorick Bros. team and was noted for his bunting and running abilities. Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1960 and was in the reserves until 1966. He retired from MDOT after approximately 30 years of service.

Jim's hobbies were golf (watching and playing), listening to country and gospel music, coffee from McDonalds and doughnuts from Hardings.

On January 22, 1960, he married Joyce Bryant, who survives. Also surviving is a son, Steve (Carol) Walker of Parchment; grandchildren, Rachel (Josh) Penny of Germany, Alex (Ashleigh Carr) and Ashley Walker of Parchment; sisters-in-law, Florence Boekeloo of N.M. and Carolyn (Skip) Snyder of Shelbyville; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jasper and Gerald Walker and two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Bryant and Claude Boekeloo.

Jim's biggest thrill was taking his grandchildren on trips and just being with them. He truly loved spending time with his grandchildren, Steve and Carol and all his family.

Friends will be received Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, where funeral services to celebrate Jim's life will be Wednesday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Hospice of Southwest Michigan. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.