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Robert L. James
  • American Diabets Association
    P.O. Box 11454
    Alexandria, VA 22311
  • Parkinson's Disease Foundation
    1359 Broadway
    Suite 1509
    New York, NY 10018

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“To the James family…sorry to hear of Bob's passing. It's been 34 yrs since I've lived in Sturgis, but I still remember the kindness in Bob's James...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Patti Kline - Kailua, HI

“I am a little late...Bob you were one of the nice guys, when I was a little girl my mom would take me into your store, those fond memories will...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Shelley - Cedartown, GA - Friend

“LouAnn, Billy & Family So sorry to hear of Bob passing away. I can't imagine how often I was in the store while growing up and your dad always...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Fred & Robyn Shank - Sturgis, MI

“He was always sitting in his chair in the hallway at Thurston and gave a friendly. "hello or good morning, Alice " A nice man. ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Alice Redmond - Sturgis, MI

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5 of 20 | Posted by: Roy &Kim McDonald - Plant City, FL

“Dear Family, Sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was always very kind to me and I will never forget the times we gathered back in the...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Kent Roberts - Waterford, MI

“Sorry to hear of Bob`s passing, My heart is with the family ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Terry Bupp - Sturgis, MI

“Just wanted to let you know that you have my prayers and thoughts with you all knowing that now both your parents are together in heaven. So many...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Ann (Baldwin) Ray - Gaylord, MI

“Lou Ann, Irene, Bill, Steve and your families We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. he was a good man and neighbor. I too have fond...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Dave & Joanne Coy - Martin, MI

“Dear James family, Please except our sincere condolences at the passing of your dad. I have fond memories of going to Econonmy Meat Market every...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Dean & Lenora Snyder - Sturgis, MI

“I don't think I realized until now how much the Economy Market was a part of my like. Bob and Fran were the kindest people. My sincere condolences...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Jill McBride - Bakersfield, CA

“I think Bob and my Dad made a lot of mischief together. He was Dad's best friend, I'm sure. So sorry to hear of his passing. ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Jill McBride - Bakersfield, CA

“To the James Family - Our Condolences and Prayers! What can we say about Bob that hasn't been said before, except what a wonderful neighbor he was...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Jim & Sandi Coy - Port St. Lucie , FL

“To the James Family, So Sorry to hear of dads passing, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Skipp & Patty Harmon - Brookland, AR

“To all the children & their families, My husband I extend our condolences & are saddened by the loss of your father. May God be with you during...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Larry & Virginia Weaver - TN

“Irene and LouAnn, I am sorry for your loss. Your day was an awesome person. I remember going to his store and loving his selection of penny candy...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Pati Smith

“Lou Ann, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May you find strength from the love of family and friends, and may your memories of your father...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Jackie Kesler Jancek - MI

“well, bob i hope you and francis are having a great reunion in Gods glorious kingdom. say hi to mom and dad for me. i have know you for 49 years, so...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: jeanne a. kight - atwater, CA

“Lou Ann, I am saddened by the loss of your father. I remember him from a very young age shopping with my Dad at Economy market. He was a very...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Kate Kitson - Sturgis, MI

“Lou....Thinking of you and what a great daughter you have been. Devoting each day to visiting and helping your parents. We are so blessed to have...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Kathe and Marvin Ailstock - MI


Robert L. James age 83 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Tuesday evening November 12, 2013 at Thurston Woods Villa in Sturgis.
He was born March 12, 1930 in Warsaw, Indiana son of the late Lee and Leola (Stanton) James.
Bob resided in Sturgis since 1961 coming from LaGrange, Indiana. His early life was lived in Warsaw, Indiana where he was a graduate of Warsaw High School with the class of 1948.
On May 24, 1951 he married Frances Irene Byland in Syracuse, Indiana. She died October 23, 2008.
Bob owned and operated with his wife Economy Market and Ice Company in Sturgis for many years. He also had worked at the Wall Packing Company in Sturgis and Kroger Grocery Store in Warsaw and LaGrange, Indiana.
Bob served in the National Guard and was a past member of Loyal Order of Moose #575, Eagles Lodge #1314 and Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed gambling especially when he and Fran traveled to Las Vegas, fishing, hunting and working with the public.
He is survived by two daughters: Irene (Dan) Dumont of Bronson and Lou Ann (Michael) Cox of Sturgis; two sons: Bill (Edie) James of Sturgis and Steve James of LaGrange, Indiana; four granddaughters: Tracie Syring, Sheri Hills, Holly Gentz and Jessica James; three grandsons: Jason Knapp, James Knapp and Damon James; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and twin sisters: Hulda Mae James and Mary Alice James.
The family will receive friends from 4:00-8:00 P.M. Friday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. Funeral services celebrating the life of Robert L. "Bob" James will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Glenn Russell, Thurston Woods Village Chaplin will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. James' memory consider the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22311 or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.