James A. Kotts
James A. “Jim” Kotts, age 72 of Brooklyn, passed away February 5, 2013 at his home with his wife and best buddy, “Jim”, along with his beloved cats Lucky and Snoopy by his side. He was born June 9, 1940 in Tecumseh, Mich., the son of John and Louise (Williams) Kotts. He spent twenty-two years with the love of his life, Kathy (Leach) Hoekstra and was united in marriage to her on May 18, 2002.
Jim was a truck driver with the Budd Company until he retired and then began driving for Martin, Best Way and other trucking companies. He was a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 38 years, assisted in starting AA meetings in the Clinton area and was a member of the Fifth Chapter Motorcycle Club. He was an avid sports, Wolverine and NASCAR fan and spent time “mastering” video games. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing cards, fishing, bird watching and spending time up north at the lake with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew and loved him.
In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his two sons, Ned (Delores) Kotts and Tim (Amilee) Kotts both of Calif; three daughters, DeAnn of Delaware, Dawn Kotts and Jerri (Jimmy) Barriga of Ore; one sister Shirley, a great nephew who was named after him, Christian James Ayala and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, James and one brother, John.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 8 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Tecumseh with Carol Boyce officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in Hamilton Township Cemetery, Harrison, Mich., at a later date. Contributions may be made to the family of James Kotts. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.handlerfuneralhomes.com.