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Donald James

July 24, 1938 - March 27, 2016
Laketown Twp., MI



Wednesday, March 30, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Dykstra Funeral Homes
Saugatuck Chapel
520 Lake Street
Saugatuck, MI 49453
(616) 392-2348
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Thursday, March 31, 2016
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
St. Peter Catholic Church
100 Peter Drive
Douglas, MI 49406
(269) 857-7951


Thursday, March 31, 2016
11:00 AM EDT
St. Peter Catholic Church
100 Peter Drive
Douglas, MI 49406
(269) 857-7951


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Hospice of Holland
270 Hoover Blvd
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 396-2972
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Life Story / Obituary


Donald A. James, age 77, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 27, 2016 in Saugatuck, Mi.

Don was born in July of 1938 in Galien, MI. to Robert and Teresa James. Don graduated from Michigan State University in 1961 with a BA in Business Education, and a Masters of Education. Don enjoyed a 27 year career with the MEA. He is preceded in death by his youngest son Darrin James and a brother Dean James.

Don is survived by his sons: Douglas and Brittany James and Daniel James all of Saugatuck; grandchildren: Nathan, Franchesca, Adrianna, Solomon, Keaton, Carter, and Preston James; brother: Robert Jr. and Gayle James of Buchanan, MI; nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass is scheduled for 11:00 am, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at St. Peter Catholic Church, 100 Peter Drive in Douglas. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Don’s life. Burial will be in East Saugatuck Cemetery.

A visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the Dykstra Funeral Home - Saugatuck chapel, 520 Lake Street in Saugatuck and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Holland.