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Obituary for James W. Humphrey

Humphrey, James W.

James William Humphrey, age 99, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2020 at Woodlawn Meadows. Jim was born on December 18, 1920 in Hastings, the son of George and Marcella (Daley) Humphrey. Jim farmed with his father before being drafted into the United States Army in June of 1942. He graduated officer school as a 2nd Lieutenant, was an artillery training officer and became a company commander. He activated and commanded a heavy maintenance company in Camp McCoy where he met his wife, Anne (Nicksic) Humphrey, who survives. He served in the European Theatre during World War II, before being honorably discharged with a Captain’s rating. Jim was very proud of his military service. He was employed in the engineering department at Clark Equipment Company for 22 years before retiring. Jim served as a member of the Barry County Planning and Zoning Commission serving as chairman for three years, board member of Charlton Park. He was chairman of the church council at St. Ambrose Catholic Church and was very active in the parish with the food bank and blood drives. Jim was a member of DAV, and first lifetime member of Delton VFW Post 422. Jim loved farming and building houses for his family. Jim is survived by his wife of 75 years: Anne Humphrey; children: Karri (Thomas) Wood, Stephen Humphrey, Jeanne (Skip) Burger, and Bill (Mary) Humphrey; ten grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren, siblings: Henry (Aline) Humphrey, Agnes (Ron Henkel) Rein, Edna Corrigan, Grace (Jack) Newbecker; special cousin: Hosea Humphrey; and several nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; daughter in law: Ruthann Humphrey; siblings: Fran (Art) Richards, Robert (Velma) Humphrey, Phillip Humphrey, George (Anne) Humphrey, Mary Williams; brothers in law: Dick Corrigan and Bob Rein. Jim’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 PM. In accordance with the executive order, please practice social distancing and no more than 10 people will be allowed in the building at one time. Private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post 45. Burial will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorial contributions to St. Ambrose Catholic Church or a veteran’s organization of one’s choice will be appreciated. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Woodlawn Meadows for their loving care of Jim. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Jim’s family.