In memory of
Priest, James James Francis Priest, age 76 of Sparta, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2019. He was born on April 21, 1943 in Grand Rapids, the son of Frank and Angela (Sulak) Priest. Jim worked as a truck driver for over 30 years and worked at Wolverine World Wide for many years. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion for over 50 years. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Barb Douse. He is survived by wife, Kathleen Priest; his sons, Jim Jr. and Michelle Priest, Chris and Suzi Priest; his three grandchildren, Tyler Priest, Kyle Priest, and Amanda Priest; sisters and brother, Beth (Rich) Rutledge, Angela (Dave) Zbikowski, Fran (Duane) Meister, Tim Priest; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sam and Jeanine Arrigo and Mary and Mario Duron; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Belmont. Prior to the mass, the family will receive visitors from 10:00am until 11:00am at the church. Interment will take place in Assumption - St. Mary's Cemetery. The family of James Priest would like to thank the staff of Samaritas Senior Living of Grand Rapids and Great Lakes Hospice for the care they gave to Jim in his final days.
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