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Jimmy R. Baum, age 72, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2022, holding his wife’s hand.


He was born on December 3, 1949, in Allegan, Michigan.  His parents were Joseph and Marilene Parham, Jr.


Jimmy married Rebecca Delhagen on September 26, 1981, who he met at the Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene.  They shared 41 years of happiness together.


During his career, he worked as a welder, truck driver, security guard and various manufacturing jobs.  He loved to build model airplanes and old cars and would repair anyone’s electrical devices that needed it.


Survivors include his mother, Marilene Parham; wife, Rebecca Baum; sister, JoAnn (Gerald) Kurth; brother, Joseph (Debbie) Parham, III; sister-in-law, Charlotte (Norman) Mahin; brother-in-law, Phillip (Karen Santos) Delhagen; and 10 nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Parham, Jr.


A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Chapman Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Vicksburg, Michigan.


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Cremation Arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Shannon Hart on November 5, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Jim was like an Uncle to me. He was a sweet man with a big heart. I loved the times we would spend with Jim and Becky when we were kids. The airshow in Florida. Being models for his youth group photography class at church. Root beer floats at the drive in. I love you Uncle Jim, fly high with the angels. Give my dad a big hug!

  2. Dave and Judy Land on November 6, 2022 at 4:22 am

    our condolence to JoAnn, Marilyn and family. He was always so sweet and gentle as a young man. He was one of the good ones. He will be missed but always loved and remember. Hugs and prayers sent.

  3. Cathy DeBlecourt on November 17, 2022 at 10:28 am

    I am SO SO Sorry…I didn’t find out until a few weeks after. He and Becky were always kind to me. He sent a combination of pictures when my father passed (who was his uncle by the way). May God give strength during this difficult time. Cousin Cathy DeBlecourt. November 17th.

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