In memory of
James Leon DeLanois
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In memory of
James Leon DeLanois
DeLanois, James Leon 2/2/1939 - 11/23/2019 Hale, Michigan James Leon DeLanois of Hale, MI, passed away in his sleep at the age of 80 on Saturday, November 23, 2019 in Howell, MI. James Leon DeLanois was born February 2, 1939 in Garden City, MI. Jim was 7 when his family moved to a dairy farm in Whitmore Lake, MI. He grew up a farm boy; milking the cows before walking to school and after walking home. He went on to be a football star at Dexter High School and was president of his senior class. He married his high-school sweetheart, Pamela Kay (Tosline) DeLanois. Jim worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ann Arbor, continuing after it merged with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Metro Detroit, first as a delivery truck driver, then salesman, and later manager of special event services. He was known at the University of Michigan Stadium "Big House" as "Jimmy D.", and kept Coca-Cola flowing in the pop machines until his retirement in 1995. In his free time he coached youth football, and he also loved to hunt and fish. After retiring he and Pam bought the Four Seasons Motel in Mio, MI, which catered to hunters, snowmobilers, and canoeists on the Au Sable River. In 1999 they retired completely to Hale, MI. He was active in the Hale Senior Center delivering Meals-On-Wheels, as well as in the Sixty Lakes Association. His mother was Lulu Pamela (Bishop) DeLanois and his father was Jack Joseph DeLanois; both preceded him in death as did his siblings Viola Crandall, Delores Lang, and Jack G. DeLanois. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Kay DeLanois, as well as their four children: Sharon Lynn (Vincent) Walker, Sandra Marie (Michael) Click, Jeanne Lu DeLanois (David Stepp), and James L. DeLanois. He has 7 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. The family will hold a private memorial in the spring, with details to follow. Jim will be remembered for his involvement in youth sports, his love of sports and of the outdoors. He leaves behind his beloved dog, Happy.
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In memory of
James Leon DeLanois
DeLanois, James Leon 2/2/1939 - 11/23/2019 Hale, Michigan James Leon DeLanois of Hale, MI, passed away in his sleep at the age of 80 on Saturday, November 23, 2019 in Howell, MI. James Leon DeLanois was born February 2, 1939 in Garden City, MI. Jim was 7 when his family moved to a dairy farm in Whitmore Lake, MI. He grew up a farm boy; milking the cows before walking to school and after walking home. He went on to be a football star at Dexter High School and was president of his senior class. He married his high-school sweetheart, Pamela Kay (Tosline) DeLanois. Jim worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ann Arbor, continuing after it merged with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Metro Detroit, first as a delivery truck driver, then salesman, and later manager of special event services. He was known at the University of Michigan Stadium "Big House" as "Jimmy D.", and kept Coca-Cola flowing in the pop machines until his retirement in 1995. In his free time he coached youth football, and he also loved to hunt and fish. After retiring he and Pam bought the Four Seasons Motel in Mio, MI, which catered to hunters, snowmobilers, and canoeists on the Au Sable River. In 1999 they retired completely to Hale, MI. He was active in the Hale Senior Center delivering Meals-On-Wheels, as well as in the Sixty Lakes Association. His mother was Lulu Pamela (Bishop) DeLanois and his father was Jack Joseph DeLanois; both preceded him in death as did his siblings Viola Crandall, Delores Lang, and Jack G. DeLanois. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Kay DeLanois, as well as their four children: Sharon Lynn (Vincent) Walker, Sandra Marie (Michael) Click, Jeanne Lu DeLanois (David Stepp), and James L. DeLanois. He has 7 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. The family will hold a private memorial in the spring, with details to follow. Jim will be remembered for his involvement in youth sports, his love of sports and of the outdoors. He leaves behind his beloved dog, Happy.
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