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James “Jim” Thomas Leet
January 2, 1930 ~ November 15, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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James “Jim” Thomas Leet, age 93 of Grand Haven, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at Grand Pines Assisted Living. He was welcomed into the family of Raymond and Violet (Trantow) Leet on January 2, 1930, joining Norma, Jack, Richard, Alice, and Joan in their home in Manistee, MI.
Jim graduated from Manistee High School in 1947, and enlisted in the Army in 1950. He served in Korea, in the 714th division, and was honorably discharged in 1952. On June 13, 1953, he married Joan Garman in Manistee. That union was blessed with three children: Duane, Dennis (Lynn), and Janyce (Hugo) Mulacek.
Jim worked as an Instrumentation Engineer until his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion, Charles A. Conklin Post 28, and loved gardening and traveling. Jim also enjoyed wood working and was a very talented carpenter.
His wife, Joan, preceded him in death in 1995. He was united with Marilyn Anderson in 1996, and she survives. Jim is survived by his children (and their spouses); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Paul (Lois) Garman; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; as well as Marilyn's children and their families. He is also survived by his faithful feline companion, Miki.
The family would like to thank the fine staff at Grand Pines as well as Hospice for all the great care they provided Jim.
The Memorial Service for Jim will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ with Pastor Matthew Schmidt officiating. Full Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion, Charles A. Conklin Post 28. Visitations will be held on Monday, November 27th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Klaassen Family Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorial Contributions be made to the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, Hospice of North Ottawa Community, or St. Paul's United Church of Christ.