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Ferris James Hocum, age 61, of Rockford, passed away Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 unexpectedly from vascular disease. 

The son of Ferris & Esther (Foster) Hocum, he was born on September 13, 1956 in Grand Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mable, Melba, Doris, and Carol; father-in-law, Gene Snyder and nephew, Zachary Snyder. 

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 27 years Marie Hocum (Snyder); his children Steven Hocum, Heather & John Green, Brian Umstead, Miranda & Jason Emanouil; as well as 13 grandchildren and his mother-in-law Darlene Snyder. 

Jim graduated from Northview High School, going on to attend Baker College, and graduated from Ferris State University with a degree in Nuclear Medicine. 

The family will be receive friends from 5pm -8pm on Friday, Dec. 1st at Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Ave NE, Cedar Springs, MI, with a memorial service beginning at 6pm. 

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Paws with a Cause.

Honoring his wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jim’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Violet Hocum-Julien on November 28, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Miss you baby brother. I will always remember the times we shared. Thanks to Marie for her loving care for you.

  2. sue meissner on November 28, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of your family. He will be missed.

  3. Cynthia Stevens on December 3, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Sending my sympathy to Marie and the whole family.

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