James “Jim” Jenkins

BELDING — James “Jim” Jenkins, 70, of Belding, passed away on Monday morning, Jan. 16, 2012, at his home under the loving care of his family and hospice.

Jim was born on Sept. 26, 1941, in Belding, the son of Edward L. and Edith M. Johns Jenkins. He graduated from Belding High School and started out as a milkman working with his dad, then drove semis for 39 years. He retired in 1998 from Parker Motor Freight in Grand Rapids, after 21 years of service. He was a member of the Teamsters Union No. 406 for 31 years. Jim enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter Allison, family and friends, going to the casino, playing Keno, watching football and Detroit Tiger baseball. He loved helping friends and neighbors, traveling around the country, gardening and working with his many Wheel Horse tractors.

Jim married Marcia L. Taylor on Dec. 31, 1975, in Belding, who survives. He also is survived by his children, Betty Jenkins, James E. Jenkins, both of Belding, and Brenda (Ashley) Townsend, of Orleans; one granddaughter, Allison M. Townsend — the light of his life; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Sally Jenkins, of Battle Creek; sister, Jackie Bradford, of Ballwin, Mo.; sister-in-law, Phyllis Jenkins, of Belding; mother-in-law, Irene Taylor, of Reed City; three sisters-in-law and their spouses, Cheryl (Dave) Babcock, of White Cloud, Karen (Dave) MacKellar, of Reed City, and Maureen (Art) Jeannot, of Honor; several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends and neighbors.

Jim was preceded by his parents; his brother, Edward D. Jenkins; brother-in-law, David Bradford; and father-in-law, Carl Taylor.

In keeping with Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, in Belding, with Pastor Gerald Johnston officiating. Internment will be in Otisco Township Cemetery in the spring. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Michigan.