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James Richard Scott, age 85, of Greenville, passed away Friday afternoon, March 26, 2021 at his home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice. The son of Walter & Beulah Mae (Duckham) Scott, he was born on April 14, 1935 in Marshall.

On January 11, 1963, he married Diana Lou Vinkle in Battle Creek, Michigan and together they enjoyed 58 years of marriage and raised three children. James worked at Kellogg’s in Battle Creek, and later in home construction for the U.S.D.A.’s Rural Development program. He was a member of the East Congregation of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Greenville, and enjoyed taking photos, writing letters to friends and family, and sharing his faith with everyone he met.

Surviving James are his wife, Diana Scott of Greenville; their children, Renee  Lown and her husband, Don, Jimmy Scott and his wife, Tarra, and Chris Scott and his wife, Amanda;  grandchildren, Korynn & Paul Olsen, Shawna Lown-Enbody, Kurtis Lown, Ashtin & Joe Cope, Grant & Danielle Scott;  great-grandchildren, Charly Burns, Tori Burns, Peyton Burns, Clif Olsen, Makenzie Enbody, Alexis Enbody, Janie Enbody, Winifred Cope, and Ruby Cope;  two brothers, David & Lois Scott, and Dale & Glenda Scott; a nephew, Sam & Teri Scott; and a niece, Debbie Scott-Hoskins.

He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Jim touched the hearts of many people in his life and always had a welcoming smile and hearty hello to all he met.

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


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  1. Bonnie Crater on March 29, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Renee,Don,Jim,Tarra and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you’s.
    Bonnie,Barb,Tony Crater

  2. Jon & Nancy Porrey on April 1, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Deepest Sympathies to all of the Family! Jim was a great guy! We hope to see him again soon.
    Jon & Nancy Porrey

  3. Natalie Tramel on April 1, 2021 at 10:35 am

    So very to hear about Uncle Jim but we all know he is at peace and in the arms of God. He always had a gentle speech when he spoke to me and a very intelligent man of God. He always had a compliment for me and my mother and was well loved by our entire family. My sincere sympathy to you Aunt Diane, Jimmy, and Renee and your entire family. My love and prayers to all of you.

  4. Jeanette Kent on April 1, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    He will be sadly missed. we all enjoyed having Jim and Diane in our congregation/ and we look forward to the time when there will be no more sickness, pain or death.( Revelation 21:3,4.

    Sending our sincere condolences.
    The Jeanette Kent family

  5. John & Linda Vinkle on April 2, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Absolutely heartbroken over Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful man, good Dad, Husband, Grandfather, Friend and relative. Rest in Peace dear Jim.

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