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James Keats Walser, age 78, of Gowen and formerly of Lansing and Punta Gorda, Florida, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 at his home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice.  The son of Frank Jon & Eva Grace (Hicks) Walser, he was born on February 18, 1942 in Kalamazoo.

A skilled craftsman, Jim was a heating and air conditioning supervisor at Michigan State University.  On January 10, 1964, in Kalamazoo, he married Joyce Lynn Gribbell and together they raised three children and enjoyed 56 years of marriage.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents;  his sister, Mary Jo Homrich; and a daughter in law, Marlene (Schaffer) Walser.  Surviving are his wife, Joyce Walser of Gowen;  their children, Michael Jon & Cara Brink, Joel Bruce & Jeanne Walser, and Jeffrey Adams Walser;  five grandchildren;  three great-grandchildren;  and several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

The family is planning a summer celebration of Jim’s life and details will be announced later.  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 were entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Antcliff Family on March 2, 2020 at 6:40 am

    We had the privilege of being Jim’s neighbor. We could not have asked for a better neighbor. He was more than a neighbor though, he was a great friend that we considered to be family. We will miss him very much.

  2. Ronald T Powell & Janice R Powell on March 3, 2020 at 8:51 am

    It is with a heavy heart we learned of Jim’s passing. While we know he is no longer in pain and suffering, we will still miss him greatly.
    Both you and Jim were not only good neighbors but were amazing friends.
    We have many fond memories that we will cherish forever.
    Ron & Jan

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