In memory of
James Michael Putnam Sr.
In memory of
James Michael Putnam Sr.
Putnam , James Michael Sr. 10/3/1955 - 7/24/2020 Jim spent his last days at his favorite place on earth: his home. He was surrounded by his family as he entered the glorious presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, July 24, 2020. Jim was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 3rd, 1955 to George and Mary Putnam. His legacy will be carried on by his wife of 34 years, Kristen Ann (Van Putten) Putnam, his children, Daniele (Steve) Morgan, Alisha Prusinski, Kayleigh (Joe) Boston, and James (Shelby) Putnam Jr.; his sisters Linda (Doug) Parker and Teresa Putnam; his mother and father in law, Colleen and Gordon VanPutten; his brothers and sister in laws, Gordy (Edie) VanPutten, Cathy (Jim) Warmelink & Beth (Tom) Antor; and many cherished nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. Jim was the proud Grandpa to 10 beautiful grandchildren: Braedon Boston, Emma Morgan, Katherine Boston, Drew Morgan, Karielle Boston, Liam Putnam, Liliana Boston, Nora Morgan, Landen Putnam & Juliette Boston. Children are a gift from the Lord, and Jim received a gift every year for the past 9 years. Jim proudly served in the US Army 101st Airborne Division. He then worked 33 years at GM 36th Street where he made many life-long friends. He retired in 2009 and continued to serve his family on their property in Cedar Springs. Cutting wood was a way of life for Jim, and if he wasn't doing that, you'd find him grilling, fixing a car, or spoiling the kids. The candy dish was always full, and if you were in need, he was there bright and early. The door was never locked, and there was always plenty of food for everyone to come for dinner. He and Kristen were the first to bust a move on the dance floor at weddings, they planted a garden every season, and even reintroduced horses to the property in 2018 (The Grandkid Corral). Jim had a nickname for every pet they owned and hunted his property every year. His favorite part of deer season was his annual Hunters Breakfast, and of course, the snacks out in the blind with the kids. Jim had a love for fireworks, catering, woodworking and sports. He was known as the "Donut Man" at the Cancer Center and even served on the PFAC counsel where he provided insight for improving patient and family care. (For instance, "Why aren't you serving popcorn during chemo?") Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brother (George "Bud" Putnam Jr.), and his neighbor and friend of 32 years, Richard (Dick) Pike. The family is planning a Celebration of Life for a future date, taking time & care in the planning process just like Jim would have. In lieu of flowers, please email keepswingingthebat@gmail.com to learn about a cause close to his heart. We also encourage you to post a favorite, joy-filled memory to social media with the hashtag #JimPutnam2020 #GoBigOrGoHome
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In memory of
James Michael Putnam Sr.
Putnam , James Michael Sr. 10/3/1955 - 7/24/2020 Jim spent his last days at his favorite place on earth: his home. He was surrounded by his family as he entered the glorious presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, July 24, 2020. Jim was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 3rd, 1955 to George and Mary Putnam. His legacy will be carried on by his wife of 34 years, Kristen Ann (Van Putten) Putnam, his children, Daniele (Steve) Morgan, Alisha Prusinski, Kayleigh (Joe) Boston, and James (Shelby) Putnam Jr.; his sisters Linda (Doug) Parker and Teresa Putnam; his mother and father in law, Colleen and Gordon VanPutten; his brothers and sister in laws, Gordy (Edie) VanPutten, Cathy (Jim) Warmelink & Beth (Tom) Antor; and many cherished nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. Jim was the proud Grandpa to 10 beautiful grandchildren: Braedon Boston, Emma Morgan, Katherine Boston, Drew Morgan, Karielle Boston, Liam Putnam, Liliana Boston, Nora Morgan, Landen Putnam & Juliette Boston. Children are a gift from the Lord, and Jim received a gift every year for the past 9 years. Jim proudly served in the US Army 101st Airborne Division. He then worked 33 years at GM 36th Street where he made many life-long friends. He retired in 2009 and continued to serve his family on their property in Cedar Springs. Cutting wood was a way of life for Jim, and if he wasn't doing that, you'd find him grilling, fixing a car, or spoiling the kids. The candy dish was always full, and if you were in need, he was there bright and early. The door was never locked, and there was always plenty of food for everyone to come for dinner. He and Kristen were the first to bust a move on the dance floor at weddings, they planted a garden every season, and even reintroduced horses to the property in 2018 (The Grandkid Corral). Jim had a nickname for every pet they owned and hunted his property every year. His favorite part of deer season was his annual Hunters Breakfast, and of course, the snacks out in the blind with the kids. Jim had a love for fireworks, catering, woodworking and sports. He was known as the "Donut Man" at the Cancer Center and even served on the PFAC counsel where he provided insight for improving patient and family care. (For instance, "Why aren't you serving popcorn during chemo?") Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brother (George "Bud" Putnam Jr.), and his neighbor and friend of 32 years, Richard (Dick) Pike. The family is planning a Celebration of Life for a future date, taking time & care in the planning process just like Jim would have. In lieu of flowers, please email keepswingingthebat@gmail.com to learn about a cause close to his heart. We also encourage you to post a favorite, joy-filled memory to social media with the hashtag #JimPutnam2020 #GoBigOrGoHome
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