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James Albert Romine, age 91, of Greenville, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021 at his home following an accidental fall.  The youngest child of Cleo (Crousau) & Robert Romine, Sr., he was born on May 19, 1929 in Marion, Indiana, who both died in 1937, leaving Jim and his siblings orphaned.

Jim, along with his older brother Bill and two older sisters, Dorothy and Marian, were sent to the Knightown Soldiers & Sailors Childrens Home in Knightown, Indiana until after eight years he was able to move to Gas City to live with his sister, Velma, and later with his brother, Bill.  He graduated from Gas City High School in 1948 and in 1951 he proudly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

After his honorable discharge, he made his home in Fremont and worked for a couple of years as a heavy equipment operator in road construction.  He then began a long career in factory work, spending 25 years as a foreman at Muskegon Piston Ring Company in Sparta, and retired from Edmore Tool & Grinding after nine years.

Over the years, Jim enjoyed deer and pheasant hunting, ice fishing, and gardening.  On June 16, 1962, in Gratiot County, he married Leona Jean (Edgar) Baker and together they enjoyed nearly 59 years of marriage, were members of the First United Methodist Church in Greenville, and in retirement enjoyed golfing and traveling together.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  seven brothers and sisters, Robert, Charles, William, Esther, Dorothy, Velma, and Marian.  Surviving are his wife, Leona Romine of Greenville;  his children, James & Tammy Romine, Jr., Debra & Bruce Nelson, Robert & Rose Romine, Cathy & Louis Carman, and Sherrie Romine & Jim Bischoff;  twelve grandchildren;  seventeen great-grandchildren;  two great-great grandchildren;  and several nieces and nephews.

Due to the current pandemic, no services are planned at this time.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jim’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.



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  1. Brenda Romine on January 19, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Aunt Leona and family.
    Sandy had called me last night, I am so sorry to hear of uncle Jim’s passing. A lot of fun memories with all of you over the years…….
    Love and prayers for all of you
    Brenda Romine

  2. Dawn & Keith Stroven on January 19, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Leona and family We are so sorry for your loss , Jim was a wonderful kind man. We are thankful that he was very caring and always treated us as family. May God comfort you all during this difficult time. Love you all

  3. Carol Ann Gause Stoltz on January 20, 2021 at 11:19 am

    I have very fond memories of my Uncle Jim from when I was a small child stored in my heart. His smile was infectious. I will miss him dearly, I am so blessed that two years ago I had a great visit with Uncle Jim and Aunt Leona. I love Him dearly..He was my Mother’s baby brother and she taught us Family is everything. Love and prayers to my Aunt and Cousins……..Carol Ann

  4. Judith Gause Hunter and family on January 20, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    As a young girl, I was always glad to visit with this soft spoken man, my Uncle Jim. I was always shy around him when young because to me he looked like a movie star!
    Over the years I haven’t seen him and his family as much since living in Texas, and I regret that. I had hoped to be in Indiana last fall and to travel to Michigan with Thomas and Carol, but we all stayed home instead due to the pandemic.
    My thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Leona and my Michigan cousins in the days ahead. May your memories of past days keep you smiling.

  5. Mike Nielsen on January 21, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Leona and family, my heart suffers with you. I consider it a privilege for knowing Jim. May God continue to bless you in your time of grief.

  6. Lou Ann Miller on January 21, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Leona and family. So sorry for you loss. Many memories from the old neighborhood. I remember how much you and Jim loved to golf. Prayers for strength and comfort. Lou Ann Miller and family

  7. Bill Erridge on January 21, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Leona: My fondest memory of Jim (and you), was when the two of you found a place in Texas for Mary Ann and me to stay, but when we got there the two of you were no place to be found. I have fond memories of the four of us playing golf. Jim will be sorely missed.

  8. Tom Cornell on January 23, 2021 at 10:20 am

    So sorry for your loss. Jim was a valued member of the ETG team. His quick wit and willingness to do whatever came his way made him a pleasure to work with.

  9. Sue on January 25, 2021 at 7:06 am

    My prayers to Leona, you and Jim were such good friends with my parents, Roger and Paula Cameron, and so very kind when you saw me.. Such very sweet people.
    God Bless you, Susan Cameron

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