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James Dale Jolliffe, age 85, of Byron Center, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Sr. and Frances Jolliffe; first wife, Audrey (Stevenson); and brother, William Jolliffe Jr.
Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 16 years, Jacquelyn "Jackie"; children, Denise and Darryl Barkel, Diane Jolliffe, Deb and Ken Skonecki, Donald and Michelle Jolliffe, Deb and Ron Krause, Suzanne Piniarski and Dale Holmes and Connie Boersma; siblings, Richard and Esther Jolliffe, Fred Jolliffe, Robert and Noreen Jolliffe; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Shirley Howard, Ruth Anne Rogers, Ron and Cheryl Blouw, Lori Woods and Brian Oaks, Tom and Linda Blouw, Cheryl and Mike Stone; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.
Jim was an icon in the snowmobile industry. He was the inventor of snowmobile studs and high-performance snowmobile clutches. Jim was always inventing new ways to improve machines, particularly snowmobiles, and was inducted in the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 2001. He was respected in the machining industry for his honesty, inventions and entrepreneurialism. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at Kelloggsville Church, 610 52nd Street SE, Kentwood, with the Rev. Ron Fynewever officiating. Inurnment will be at Norwood Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family at Kelloggsville Church from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to Faith Hospice.
Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 31, 2017
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