In memory of
James Dillree
In memory of
James Dillree
Dillree, James 1/20/1935 - 8/4/2020 Stanwood James R. "Big Jim" Dillree, age 85 of Stanwood, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at his home. He was born January 20, 1935 in Grand Rapids, the son of James J. and Gertrude (Benedict) Dillree. Once you met Big Jim, you would not forget him; you will have memories that will last forever. He was loved by many, made friends with anyone, and he knew everyone. Jim was a 1952 graduate of Godwin High School. It was there he met the love of his life, Elena "Babe" Koski. They were married June 26, 1953, and together they raised their family in Wyoming, Michigan. After retirement, Big Jim and Babe moved to their property in Stanwood where they had made so many memories, gathering with friends and family. Jim enjoyed watching and playing all sports. He especially liked football, softball, and bowling. He was a devoted University of Michigan, Detroit Tigers and Lions fan. Jim was a great hunter and often found himself shooting the buck. He will be greatly missed but the memories that were made will bring smiles to all who knew him. Big Jim is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elena Dillree; seven children, Vickie Zielinski, Elde (Jay) Holland, Tiger Dillree, Kathy Ross, Tom Dillree, Bob Dillree, and Dave Dillree; 15 grandchildren, Jenny, Renee, Mike, Dave, Melissa, Chad, Chris, Colton, Caden, Callan, Katie, Ryan, Bobby, Hannah, and Daman; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter on the way; as well as many extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Tommy Dillree, son-in-law Jim Zielinski, daughter-in-law Julia Dillree, and infant granddaughter Cecilia Dillree. Due to COVID restrictions, a private family service will take place. Memorial contributions may be made in James' name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Spectrum Health Hospice. The family would greatly appreciate it if you would share a memory or leave a condolence by clicking the guestbook tab at www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com
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Big Rapids, MI 49307
In memory of
James Dillree
Dillree, James 1/20/1935 - 8/4/2020 Stanwood James R. "Big Jim" Dillree, age 85 of Stanwood, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at his home. He was born January 20, 1935 in Grand Rapids, the son of James J. and Gertrude (Benedict) Dillree. Once you met Big Jim, you would not forget him; you will have memories that will last forever. He was loved by many, made friends with anyone, and he knew everyone. Jim was a 1952 graduate of Godwin High School. It was there he met the love of his life, Elena "Babe" Koski. They were married June 26, 1953, and together they raised their family in Wyoming, Michigan. After retirement, Big Jim and Babe moved to their property in Stanwood where they had made so many memories, gathering with friends and family. Jim enjoyed watching and playing all sports. He especially liked football, softball, and bowling. He was a devoted University of Michigan, Detroit Tigers and Lions fan. Jim was a great hunter and often found himself shooting the buck. He will be greatly missed but the memories that were made will bring smiles to all who knew him. Big Jim is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elena Dillree; seven children, Vickie Zielinski, Elde (Jay) Holland, Tiger Dillree, Kathy Ross, Tom Dillree, Bob Dillree, and Dave Dillree; 15 grandchildren, Jenny, Renee, Mike, Dave, Melissa, Chad, Chris, Colton, Caden, Callan, Katie, Ryan, Bobby, Hannah, and Daman; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter on the way; as well as many extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Tommy Dillree, son-in-law Jim Zielinski, daughter-in-law Julia Dillree, and infant granddaughter Cecilia Dillree. Due to COVID restrictions, a private family service will take place. Memorial contributions may be made in James' name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Spectrum Health Hospice. The family would greatly appreciate it if you would share a memory or leave a condolence by clicking the guestbook tab at www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com
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Services Provided By
Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home, Inc. - Big Rapids
13985 Northland Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
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