James John Demille Sr., 77, of Stephenson, Mich., went home to be with the Lord at 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 3, 1936, in Stephenson, Mich., to the late William and Helen (Smith) DeMille.
Jim, as he was known to his family and friends grew up in the Stephenson area. At the age of 17 he chose to serve our Country in the United States Coast Guard. He honorably served 20 years in such places abroad as Greenland, Turkey and The Baffin Islands and stateside in Texas, Virginia and Michigan; however, upon retiring he moved back to the Home 40 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan "because there is no place like home." He later worked in the woodland division of Mead Paper Company before making a final retirement plan. At the age of 57 he put on his cowboy hat, grabbed his sweetie and started traveling; making sure to winter in states without snow coming back to Michigan when IT got a good "thaw!" He married the love of his life Lois (Ives) DeMille on July 6, 1957 and together they raised four children. Jim loved to tinker, and always had a project. He would trade corvettes, motorcycles, guns and trucks; however, he wouldn't have traded his wife and children (or the rest of his family) for the world. He believed with all his heart that his wife's cooking was better than any restaurant, that his children were the greatest, and that "family gatherings" on a regular basis was "living." Jim was a man of Faith and passed from this earth with the assurance of Heaven! He lived a life with honor and respect. He was an example to us all and he will be greatly missed.
Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois (Ives); four children: Janice (Joe) Kutha, Gail (Dave) Jones, Jay (Lisa) DeMille and Jamie (Phil) Gignac; grandchildren: Jada (Paul) Niemi, Scott (Karla) DeMille, Shyla Jones, Amanda Corey, Tiara (Chad) Becker, Melissa Corey, Colton Kutha, Matthew Ives, Coty Jones, Nathan Peterson, Alexis Corey, Jesse Gignac, Riley Gignac, Michelle Corey, and Lexi DeMille; great-grandchildren: McKenna Belec, Deanna Niemi, Devan Niemi, Sierra Niemi, Lily Niemi, Talan Becker, Cayden DeMille, Keeton Corey, Kynley Niemi, Ridley Becker and Landon DeMille; sisters: Betty (Jim) Prall and Mary (Dean) Ludvigsen; two brothers: Jerry (Bev) DeMille and Bill (Jeanette) DeMille; many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call at Fellowship Bible Church, W 5639 County Road G-12, Stephenson, Mich., on Saturday, November 9, 2013, after 1 p.m. until time of Military Rites at 3:45 p.m. followed by Funeral Service. Pastor Dave Sellness officiating. Burial will be in Stephenson Township Cemetery. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at andersondiehm.com.
In lieu of other forms of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established in Jim's name.