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James Carl Breen, 69, passed away Tuesday morning, March 26, 2019 at Metro Health: University of Michigan Hospital. The son of Robert & Janet (Ledtke) Breen, he was born June 25, 1949 in Highland Park.

Jim was a proud veteran of the United States Navy who served during the Vietnam era, decorated with the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

James started his career with an entrepreneurial spirit, opening the first Burger King in the state of Michigan, in the Detroit area. He later became a salesman; first for Heinz, and later on for Grand Oldsmobile. In his later years, he returned back to his roots and opened the Jimmy B’s Deli in Grandville with his wife.

Jim had a passion for “Lake life” and loved to be out on the water with his friends and family. He had a deep rooted passion for the Detroit Tigers and his favorite pastime, golf. Jim will be remembered for his everlasting smile and his ability to make everyone laugh with his jokes.

James is survived and deeply missed by his wife “Love you more” Cindy; sister, Cindi & Rick Ervin; children, Jarret, Nicole, Jeff & Kitty, Herm & Tanya, and Dennis & Lisa; grandchildren, Avery, Hunter, Grace, Nicholas, Mathieu, Cooper, Weston, and Max; many sister & brother in-laws; along with many other family and friends.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place. No formal services will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jim’s online guestbook or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Ruth and Jim Peterson on March 28, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Jim and I send you are sympathy. You will be in our prayers, Cindy.

  2. Cameron Bradshaw on March 28, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Jim’s passing! He will forever be remembered. He started my kids calling my dad bumpa! Sending prayers.

  3. Deborah k Fowler on March 31, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Cindy, our thoughts & prayers are with you during this time of loss. You are an amazing woman who has gone through adversity in life with humor, grace & dignity. Take comfort in knowing your life with Jim was filled with laughter & shared love with family. You’ve always been there for others. . . . take time for yourself too. Deb & Skip Fowler

  4. Michael Warne on March 31, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Deepest regrets and sympathy to Cindy and family. I knew Jim from both business and friendship and I will miss him greatly. Farewell old friend!


  5. Todd and Michelle Bragg on April 1, 2019 at 11:52 am

    One of the best Brother-in-laws you could hope for. You will be so deeply missed by all of us Jim. Thank you for coming into my sister’s life and making her whole world that much better.
    Rest in peace Brother xo

  6. Shawn and Jennifer Fauble on April 4, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Sending you and your family our deepest condolences. Jim was unforgettable. We hope you find peace and comfort in your memories.

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