James A. Stotenbur
Stotenbur, James A. James A. Stotenbur, age 87, of Hudsonville, passed away on January 9, 2017. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Madeleine (Thinel) Stotenbur. James is survived by his three daughters, Cynthia Carrington (Allen), Monique Bassett and Lisa Stotenbur; five grandchildren, Stephen Wlodar (Keri), Bryan Wlodar (Angela), Erin Harris (Joey), Brianne Bassett and Nicolette Bassett; four great-grandchildren, Samantha Wlodar, Dylan Wlodar, Will Harris, and Charlie Wlodar; sister, Mary Noel Ryan, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard and Linda Thinel. Jim retired after serving in various positions in the Department of Defense. He was a life member of the Air Force Association, a charter member and past President of the Western Michigan Chapter of the National Contract Management Association. Jim was a veteran of the Korean War. After that conflict, he remained with the Defense Department in a civilian capacity. During that period, he received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, one of the most prestigious awards given in the United States to a civilian by the military. Jim has been active in sports from his high school days until recently. He claimed that his two golfing holes-in-one "were not luck all skill." He has accumulated over 20 gold, silver and bronze medals won at the former West Michigan Golden Games events. He participated in the shot-put, winning that event at the West Michigan Sports Fest and taking a ribbon at the Masters Track and Field meet. Jim was an ardent handball player until recent years. In 1952 he earned the Air Force Air Base Singles Handball Championship. He and his wife were avid ballroom dancers. Jim will be missed by the many ballroom organizations to which they belonged. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 14 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3937 Wilson Ave., SW, Grandville, MI, with visitation one hour prior to the Mass at church. The family welcomes friends and relatives to a rosary Friday, January 13, at 4:30 p.m., followed by visitation from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Cook Funeral Home (West building), 4235 Prairie, SW, Grandville. The family welcomes memories and messages in their online guest book at www.cookcares.com . In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church.
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