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Jimmie Lee Taft

Jimmie Lee Taft of Plainwell, MI passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the age of 86. He was born on April 29, 1935, in Kalamazoo, MI the son of Clarence and Hilda (Veldt) Taft.

He graduated from Delton High School in 1953, following graduation he proudly served his country by enlisting in the United States Army until being honorably discharged in 1958. He returned home to the Plainwell area and took a position working for Valley Metal until 1966 when he transitioned to Parker Hannifin, he worked there for thirty-four years before retiring. In his spare time he enjoyed bowling, woodworking, traveling, gambling, and fishing. He served as a board member for the Gun River Conservation Club for at least twenty years. 

He is preceded in his passing by his parents; his first wife: Virginia “Tina” Taft; and grandson: Jeffrey Taft.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of thirteen years: Joan (Hoy) Taft; children: Randy (Linda) Taft, Robert (Chris) Taft, Scott (Dana) Taft and Krystn White; grandchildren: James, Beth, Amber, Robert II, Jessica, William, Russell, Ryan, and Christina; seventeen and a half great grandchildren; siblings: Dixie and Larry (Skip); brother in-law: Mike Largent; and several nieces and nephews.

In accordance with the family’s wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on a later date. 

He will be fondly remembered by all as someone who would help anybody at the drop of a hat. 

Memorials made in Jimmie’s memory may be directed to the Gun River Conservation Club.

While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Jimmie’s guestbook and/or share a memory with his family.

The Taft family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080. 269-685-5881

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Jim was a great big teddy bear. Always a smile and never said anything bad about others. I might add to his obituary that he had perfect
attendance at Parker Hannifin. Never missed a day of work in 34 years! He took loving care of Tina when she had to submit to cancer. Sorry for your lossl RIP Jim.

Lillian Sibbersen Feb 7 2022 5:04 PM

Randy and family, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Don Perez Feb 4 2022 11:38 AM

Great guy. Worked with him at Parker. Awesome sense of humor. Always willing to help.

Bernie Betke Feb 1 2022 8:32 PM

Tina was one of my best friends in high school and I, of course, was there for her wedding to Jim. We stayed friends for all the years of her life. Jim and Joan lived in my retirement village for a few years so I was able to enjoy Jim's warm smile and friendship a little longer. He was a great guy. He took good care of Tina and I appreciated that so much. RIP, Jim. You deserve it.

Lillian Sibbersen Feb 1 2022 4:21 PM

Worked with Jim at Parker for 25 years. He was a very nice man and always willing to help and very nice to everyone. Sorry to hear.

Shirley Brown Feb 1 2022 7:45 AM

What a great man. I worked with Jim for 24 years at Parker. RIP my friend.

Marge Grabowski Feb 1 2022 6:41 AM

Randy: I'm very sorry for your loss. May God's love and peace sustain you and your family.

Steve Swope Feb 1 2022 5:59 AM

So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. I loved working with Jim at the Gun River Conservation Club. He was a good friend!

Mike and Chris VanDenBerg Feb 1 2022 4:37 AM

Bowled with Jim for over Twenty years on Monday Nights, I will miss him! My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Dave Wycoff Feb 1 2022 1:14 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jimmie Taft

Valerie Audette Feb 1 2022 1:01 AM

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