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James L. Carper, age 85, of Greenville, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012 at home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice. The son of Melvin L. & Elizabeth (McMeins) Carper, he was born on December 2, 1926 in La Prairie, Illinois. On March 11th, 2000 he married Sandra (Snow) VanSyckle and together they enjoyed over 12 years of marriage.

James was a proud veteran of the United States Army and was a member of the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101 in Greenville. An avid rock collector, he was also a member of the Indian Mounds Rock & Mineral Club of Grand Rapids, and the Wonderland Rock and Mineral Club of Vestaburg. Before moving to Greenville, Jim lived in Lakeview for over forty years and worked as an auto mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Georgia L. (Crayton) Carper on July 11, 1996; four brothers; and a son-in-law, Clell Abbott. Surviving are his wife, Sandra Carper of Greenville; five daughters, Laura (Sandy) Pritchard of Arkansas, Irene Carper of Lakeview, Paula Geister of Battle Creek, Patricia Abbott of Lakeview, and Joy Hale of Benton Harbor; three sons, Jerry (Pat) Carper of Roscommon, Michael (Peggy) Carper of Arizona, John (Shandy) Carper of White Cloud; four step-daughters, Leeann (Timothy) Johnson of Kentucky, Laura (Bradford) Siek of Greenville, Joanne (Jeffrey) Pierce of Owosso, and Janet (Squire) Taylor of Sidney; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with many dear friends and relatives.

Visitation is in Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Jerry Jones, pastor of the First Congregational Church, will officiate and military honors will conclude the ceremonies.

Burial will take place privately at Lakeview Cemetery. Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to The American Legion. 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 the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Anonymous on May 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Posted by: Shandy Carper

    I love you Dad! You were always such a blessing to me. Thank you for being such a great example to my husband, John Carper. I loved just being over at the house listening to you talk and laugh. You are already missed and will continue to be missed.

    Posted by: phillip and mary lou hansen
    well miss jim have a lot of fond memories of jim and the family. we know that jim is out of pain now and enjoying heaven. but also know the deep pain the loved ones go through and are praying for u all. dont hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do for all of you, as you are very special to us.

    Posted by: Dawn Crayton Spencer
    Uncle Jim could always make you laugh, just by laughing himself. My last memory of him is a dinner we shared with several other family members. It was a night of catch up & laughter. I love you Uncle Jim

    Posted by: Joy Hale

    Love you dad…I can’t wait to see you and mom in eternity. I will never forget the love you had for me and my children. I know they loved their grandpa and you miss you dearly. See you later dad on the other side.

    Posted by: John Carper

    I love you Dad. There is a great void in my heart right now,knowing that you aren’t physically with us. I know you are in a better place and will see you again. I will never forget you and what you have taught me. I love you Dad


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