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James Allen Passage, 83, of Rapid City, passed away on March 6, 2018 at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center - Long Term Care with his beloved wife, Jean, by his side. He was born on Feb. 14, 1935 in Northville, son to the late Tracy and Sarah (Smith) Passage.
Jim was raised in Plymouth and went to work initially as an electrician and locksmith in Westland. He later started his own sharpening service and would service small tractors and the like. Jim also served in the National Guard for over nine years.
In his spare time he enjoyed carving and wood working, driving his John Deere, doing blacksmithing, tying flies and fishing. He was a part of the Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Club, the Grange Hall and COA Bowling League.
Jim had a great sense of humor; he always loved to laugh and hear others laugh. He had many friends in Kalkaska and the Plymouth area; Jim never met a stranger.
Jim married the former Regina "Jean" Polley, who survives him. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews and many friends he had made through the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Stanley and Elmer.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Kalkaska United Methodist Church. Friends may begin to gather at 10 a.m. until the time of service. Pastor John Murray will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jim's honor to the Kalkaska United Methodist Church - Leader Dogs.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on March 11, 2018
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