Jim’s life began October 13, 1939 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a graduate of Western Michigan University. Jim settled in Watervliet and farmed blueberries. He and his loving wife Peggy retired to Florida several years ago. Jim was a pilot, an avid banjo player, golfer and Harley rider.
Jim leaves behind a loving family to cherish his memory including; his wife of 49 years Peggy (Fisher) Welch, two children Amy Sirmans and Rick Sabadin, two granddaughters Shyla and Grace, a sister Elle Boyles, nieces and nephews.
Jim died Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Willows Assisted Living in St. Joseph. His parents Irvin and Jennie Welch and brother Dick Welch preceded Jim in death. Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting Jim’s family with cremation arrangements and they will celebrate his life at a later date. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for his family.
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