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James G. Gearhart

James G. Gearhart, age 74, of Michigan and Arizona, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019 in Arizona. Jim was born in Chicago on November 26, 1944, and moved to Fremont, MI, as a youngster. He lived there until graduating from Fremont High School in 1963. In 1966, he was inducted into the Army and served in the 25th “Tropic Lightning” Division in Vietnam, 1968. After the Army, Jim worked for Old Kent Bank and Ford Motor Credit in Grand Rapids, MI. He enjoyed his Ford family and would only drive a Ford/Lincoln product! Jim completed his bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College in 1977. After Jim retired, he loved traveling and discussing Maize and Blue wherever he was in the country. Jim loved people and sharing life stories with each other. He was proud to be a member of the American Legion post 305 and loved seeing his friends there. He loved his family very much and always ended FaceTime calls with a hug and a kiss. Jim was a fighter throughout his life battle in both the war and his health. He never complained and loved to laugh. He was preceded in death by his parents, Millard and Regina Gearhart; Gram and Gramp Steves; and his in laws, George and Betty Radewald; brothers-in-law: Chip Radewald and Paul Cook; niece, Sarah Henry. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 46 years, Carol; child, Jason and Andrea; granddaughters: Carleigh and Dilynn; brother and sister: Tom and Geri Gearhart, Verla Cook; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Marc and Sharon Henry; many nieces and nephews. A memorial visitation of Jim’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 16 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home, 616 E. Main St., Caledonia. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to a charity of your choice.

  1. Our best wishes go out Carol and Jason and the entire family. From Tom and Veronica Gearhart.

    - Thomas F Gearhart 11
  2. Uncle Jim will be greatly missed. So many fun memories and his smile/laugh forever with us. Sending the family hugs and love, we are always here for you. We will be there to celebrate his life on the 16th. Xoxo

    - Liz Henry Goring
  3. So sorry for your loss Jason, Andrea and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time in your need of comfort. May you be comforted in knowing many love and care 🙏❤️

    - Debra and Don Hartman
  4. So sorry to learn of Jason’s fathers passing. Thinking of your whole family, deepest sympathies.

    - Pennie Lewis
  5. R.I.P.Jim you will be so missed. Our thoughts and prayers for Carol,Jason,and Andrea.Tom and Geri Gearhart

    - thomas gearhart
  6. Served with Jim in Vietnam for 8 months. We succeeded making the best out of a lousy situation by sticking together whenever we could. I will truely miss him even though I haven’t seen him in years but we would call every so bad ften

    - Bob bernacchi

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