Jim was born June 5, 1942 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He grew up in Millburg where he attended Millburg Elementary and gradated from Coloma high School. After high school he attended Lake Michigan College. Around 1965 Jim started Jarvis Concrete products and was a staple in Watervliet ever since. He enjoyed giving back to the communities he held dear to his heart through serving on the Millburg Cemetery Board, as a Watervliet Township Trustee and on the Watervliet Township Board of Review. Outside of running his business and serving his community Jim was a member of the NRA and enjoyed attending gun shows, collecting guns, and going to shooting exhibitions.
Jim leaves behind a loving family to cherish his memory including: two sons Eugene Jarvis and James (Tammy) Jarvis Jr.; six grandchildren Caroline Jarvis, Alyssa Jarvis, Erik Jarvis, Alexandra Jarvis, Mackenzie Jarvis, and Nathaniel Jarvis; two great grandchildren; a brother Darrell (Gail) Jarvis; a sister Barbara (Lawrence) Whitaker; and several nieces and nephews.
Jim died Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. He is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Marion (Hillaker) Jarvis, a daughter-in-law Lori Jarvis, two brothers-in-law Floyd Sanders and Burt Tetzlaff, and an ex-wife Patricia Kickpatrick. Friends may visit with Jim’s family Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Where we will celebrate Jim’s life Wednesday, December 8, at 2:00 PM followed by burial in Millburg Cemetery. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Jim’s family.