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Mr. James M. "Jim" Cleveland

Mr. James M. "Jim" Cleveland
  • October 7, 1948 - August 30, 2017
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Building Fund
    349 Capital Avenue
    Battle Creek, MI 49017

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“Jim was my fraternity brother at Western Michigan University. While I did not see Jim in many years and did not know he had been ill, it was sad to...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Art Nash - Classmate

“Very sorry to hear of Jim's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Gary and Julie Lantz - FL

“Dear Sue,We will always cherish the friendship we had with Jim and the wonderful, fun times we had together. We couldn't ask for a better friend. ...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Angela and Mark Hanlin - Marshall, MI

“Very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Had good time working with Jim in I.E. at Kelloggs and playing softball in the city league. Had the good...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Ray Rowles - Battle Creek, MI


5 of 19 | Posted by: Ray Rowles - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Sue, my american sister,Dear Chris, Michelle and families,Words are hard to find to tell you all my feelings about the hard time you have to go...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Eliane Fiaux - Geneva Switzerland

“Wishing that fond memories of Jim remain in the hearts of your family to provide comfort during your sorrow. ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Nicole Adler - Pompano Beach, FL

“Sue, so very, very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My heart aches for you and your family. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Kathy DeVault - The Villages, FL

“So sorry for you loss. Prayers to the family for strength and comfort during this time of grief. ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Cinda Wood - Hillsboro, OR

“So sorry for your loss... I hope the feeling and grief passes quickly. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Bryon Casler - Battle Creek, MI

“We are very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Cleveland Family at this time. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Bruce and Nanette Willbur - MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We have only the fondest memories of Jim and his family. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Mike Durkin - Fenton, MI

“Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you Susan and your family. May the memories of your life with Jim give you peace today and all days...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Cindy (Borden) Pfeiffer - IN

“My condolences to the Cleveland family. God bless you all ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Marty Rine (Katz) - Freeland, MI

“Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Very sorry to hear this news. Will always remember our bingo nights together. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Becky Armock - Battle Creek, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cleveland family. Sue, my heart is heavy for you. May God hold you and your family close in this difficult...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Susan and John Lampas - Waleska, GA

“Sorry to hear about Jim. He was a great friend and classmate. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: David Jackson - Battle Creek, MI

“Michelle... very sorry for you and your family. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you lots of love primate <3 ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Maruchy Lachance - Broomfield, CO

“Sue, Michelle and Chris:Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. I will always remember Jim fondly and have wonderful memories of...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Jim Kosmerick - Grand Blanc, MI


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James M. "Jim" Cleveland, age 68, of Battle Creek died peacefully at the Glenn Arbor Hospice in Battle Creek on Wednesday morning, August 30, 2017. He was born in Battle Creek on October 7, 1948, the loving son of Richard H. and Donna E. (Sherman) Cleveland. Jim was a 1966 graduate of Harper Creek High School and furthered his education at Western Michigan University, graduating with a BA in 1970. While at Western, Jim pledged and became a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. In the early years, Jim worked at the Bill Knapp's Commissary and then retired from the Kellogg Company in 1999 after more than 29 years of service.

Jim married the "Love of His Life" and "The Girl Next Door," Susan K. "Sue" Tanner at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Battle Creek on September 19, 1970 and she survives. He is also survived by his children, Chris (Catherine) Cleveland of East Lansing and Michelle (Jorge) Gonzalez of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; three granddaughters, Madeline, Justine and Danielle Cleveland; his brother, David E. (Kathey) Cleveland of Oscoda, MI; his father-in-law & mother-in-law, Fred & Freida Tanner; his brother-in-law, Harley (Sally) Tanner; his niece, Stephanie Banwart and her children, Shae and Kode and his good friends, Allan & Dolly Shepard and Mark & Angela Hanlin. Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Kellogg 25-Year Club. He was also a former member of the Pennfield Lions Club and a past-president of the Calhoun County Corvettes. Over the years, Jim enjoyed playing golf, basketball & slow-pitch softball and coached with the Y-Center Basketball Association. He loved playing any and all card games and was especially proud of his 2010 Blade Silver Metallic Corvette.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 1, 2017 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care where funeral services to celebrate Jim's life will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 2, 2017 with Rev. Larry Gorlitz, Pastor of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiating. Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Building Fund, 349 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017 or to Lending Hands of Michigan, 2403 Helen Ave., Portage, MI 49002.

Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Jim may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.