James E. Meade, 86, of Tecumseh, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at the Provincial House of Adrian. He had been in poor health since November.
A lifetime resident of Tecumseh, James was born in the family home on Nov. 9, 1924; he was the son of Walter and Minnie (Aebersold) Meade. He was a 1942 graduate of Tecumseh High School, and honorably served his country in the US Army during World War II. On March 16, 1945, he married Virginia Milner in Tecumseh. James was a 48-year employee of Tecumseh Products, retiring in 1991.
He was a member of the Ridgeway Church of the Nazarene, enjoyed fishing, traveling, especially vacationing up north, but mostly time spent with his family. He will surely be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 66 years, Virginia; his sons, Michael (Val Marino) Meade of Munising and Richard (Dolores) Meade of Tecumseh, his grandchildren; David, Megan, Mandy, Emily, and Daisy; and a great granddaughter, Cheyenne Ivey.
Sadly, his parents and a brother, Harold, preceded him in death.
At his request cremation has been held. The family will greet friends at the Tecumseh Chapel of the Handler Homes on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 1 p.m. until a memorial service celebrating his life at 4 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Ray Hansen of the Ridgeway Church of the Nazarene. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh.
Memorial gifts in his name may be given to the Provincial House of Adrian.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting the obituary page at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.