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James Douglas Gleason, age 75, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at home surrounded by family.

He attended the University of Missouri, and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. James was a past president of the Chicago Board of Underwriters, and the Detroit Underwriters Association. He enjoyed a career spanning 44 years in the insurance industry with Chubb Corp., and Marsh USA, serving in a variety of management positions. In his leisure time he enjoyed his family, fishing, and Civil War History.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth & Winifred (Reid) Gleason. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol (FitzGerald) Gleason; children, Judy (Todd) Crawford, Jeffrey (Karen), Jill (Corrie), and Jon (Christine); as well as four grandchildren, Claire, Lindsey, Amber and Sarah.

A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, or the American Heart Association.

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  1. Sharon amd Jim Stone on September 13, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    All of our family will indeed miss Jim for many reasons, among which are his story telling talents and his crack-pot shooting skills. At a family reunion in about 1998 at Jim and Carol’s home, while we all were in the backyard, a BIG snake slithered down a light pole, went across the yard, and up the closest tree. Jim calmly walked into the house, retrieved his rifle, walked back into the yard, took aim, and POW…dead snake falls out of tree! Jim had many talents, but that’s one I remember.

    Yes, we will remember and think fondly of him always.
    He left an impression on us all.

    Our deepest sympathy to Carol and Jeff, Judy, Jill and Jon and their families

    Sharon and Jim Stone

  2. Michelle K. on September 15, 2017 at 11:42 am

    To the family and friends of Mr. Gleason; I am deeply sorry for your loss. To lose a loved one is heartbreaking. I have personally found comfort in the promise from God that we will see our loved ones again at John 5:28&29 – “for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voiceand come out”
    I hope this brings you comfort as it has me. With deepest sympathies.

  3. Shannon Peyton on September 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Thinking of you all and praying for you. May peace and love fill your hearts. With fondest memories of Uncle Jim.
    Love to you all,
    Shannon FitzGerald Peyton

  4. Ron Fangmann on September 22, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    My heart goes out to you all. Jim is a great guy!

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