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James Arthur Grant, 75, of Suttons Bay, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.
Jim was born Jan. 24, 1942 in Lake Leelanau the son of Arthur and Clara (Sylt) Grant. On May 2, 1964 he married Jean Ann Drow, of Lake Leelanau, at St. Mary's Church.
As a young man Jim served in the U.S. Coast Guard until after his daughters were born. Jim transferred to the U.S. Air Force and retired with the senior enlisted rank of Master Sergeant, completing 23 years of active service.
After retiring Jim relocated to Northern Michigan and held several jobs, which included working for Frigid Foods, Leelanau Sands Casino and Leland Township.
Jim was a member of the Little Finger VFW Post 7731 in Lake Leelanau. For years Jim was an active member giving his time to honor veterans in various VFW sponsored activities.
Jim enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. One constant activity he enjoyed was being able to plan family get-togethers that allowed all his children and grandchildren to attend. Jim always made sure he attended the Grant family camp out at Camp Timberline in Benzonia. Each fall he enjoyed bow hunting in Curtis, which provided an opportunity for spending time with his sons and grandsons.
He was a family orientated man and a fun-loving father who never met a stranger.
Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean; his children, Carrie (Francis) Whaley, Diane (Steve) VanReenen, Steven (Carrie) Grant and James (Jennifer) Grant; his siblings, Marvin (Hazel) Grant, Doris Skipski, Julia Johnson, Louise Schaub, Betty (Cal) Cole, Bernice Conrad and Jackie Harrington; 13 grandchildren, Tiffeny (Brian), Dustin, Kandice (Roger), Sean Michael, Jonathan, Stephanie, Katlyn (Ryan), Alex, Taylor, Dylan, Kaleb, Brendon and Rebekka; and six great-grandchildren, Madison, Sydney, Cole, Blake, Charlotte and Corbin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Elmer and Eldon Grant.
The Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, with the family greeting friends at 9 a.m., at St. Michael's Church of Suttons Bay. Burial will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery. Father Leonard Paul will serve as celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to VFW Post 7731, PO Box 262, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653.
Condolences may be shared with the Grant family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on June 28, 2017
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