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James "Ed" Halcomb

June 22, 1950 — June 24, 2022

James "Ed" Halcomb

James “Ed” Halcomb of Portage, MI passed away at home on June 24, 2022, at the age of 72. Ed was born in Fort Campbell KY on June 22, 1950, to James Earl and Mary Joan (Sexton) Halcomb. He graduated from Portage Northern in 1968 and then was SP5EENT Specialist in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971. After the Army, He earned his Fire Science Degree from KVCC and later received his master’s degree from Sienna Heights.  He worked as a fire fighter for 32 years and retired as a Captain. Ed enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, geocaching, ham radio, Model trains and traveling. He and Deb enjoyed traveling all over the United States and one trip to Europe. Ed also volunteered with the American Red Cross for over 40 years. He was also a member of the Schoolcraft American Legion Post 475.

Ed is survived by his wife of 36 years, Debra; his daughter Michelle (Mark) Harroff; his grandchildren: Haven Harroff, Hogan Harroff, Finley Harroff, Quincy Harroff and Paige Halcomb; his siblings: Rod (Ruth) Halcomb, Phillip Halcomb, David (Loretta) Halcomb, Barbara (Tony) Roberts, Robin (Curtis) Rhoades, Pam Peterson, Karen Arrington, Tracy (Everett) McCowen, William (Sandi) Halcomb as well as several nieces and nephews. Ed is preceded in death by his parents, a son Mark Edward Halcomb and his brother Kris Fritzche.

Visit with Ed’s family and friends on Thursday, July 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Avink McCowen Secord Funeral Home, Portage Chapel; 5975 Lovers Lane, Portage MI 49002. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Radiant Church; 995 Romence Rd in Portage.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Red Cross or the Charity of your Choice.

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Past Services

Memorial Gathering

Thursday, July 21, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home- Portage Chapel

5975 Lovers Lane, Portage, MI 49002

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Memorial Service

Friday, July 22, 2022

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