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James C. Coleman, age 68, of Grand Rapids, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Metro Health Hospital surrounded by family. 

The son of James & Hilda (Norman) Coleman, he was born on September 08, 1948 in Pontiac. James was a proud U.S. Army veteran and after the service went on to work for 38 years for Steelcase before retiring. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, swimming, messing with electronic gadgets, and he was know to always have a book in his hand to read. James was also a Seventh Day Adventist. 

James was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings. Surviving are his loving wife of 29 years, Deborah; step-son, Timothy Penning; two grandchildren, Daniel(Riley) Thomsen and Nathan Thomsen; two great grandchildren, Garrett and Ian; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the family. 

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Ann penning, stephanie, sonya on September 19, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Just would like to say sorry for your loss, he was a good man.

  2. Bonnie Lombardi on September 20, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    James…i did not know you…but i know your beautiful wife…Deborah. You must have been a great man…she has adored you as long as I’ve known her…wait for her in Heaven….rest in peace…

  3. Kevin R Brewer on September 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    James U never met you but have heard so much good about you.
    I feel I knew you. Sad you have gone so soon However May you R I P

  4. Katelin K on September 22, 2016 at 10:40 am

    My deepest sympathies to Deb and family. May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with James comfort you always. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  5. Faye on September 22, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Big Hugs from your Kiwi friend. Know I am thinking of you with love on this day…xx

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