Jim Lerma

Jim Lerma of Tecumseh, Mich. lost his courageous battle with colon cancer at his home on May 23, 2022 with his loving wife Jane and cherished family friend, Amber, at his side under the direction of Hospice of Lenawee. Jim was a great warrior during the last 14 months of his life, always maintained a positive attitude, and never gave up the fight. He was very blessed to have many friends and family visit him at home during his illness.  

Jim was born on June 9, 1947 in Toledo, Ohio, son of Seferino and Irene Lerma. Raised in Blissfield, Mich., proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, was a graduate of Clearly College and Eastern Michigan University.

Jim retired from Ford Purchasing as manager in supplier development. After retirement, he worked at Windsor Mold Group of Ontario, Canada Automotive Components Division, as Manager of Lean Manufacturing.  Jim had an outstanding work ethic, enjoyed mentoring others, always strived for improvement both in work and his personal life.

In June of 2017, Jim married the love of his life, Jane Richard, in a beautiful ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh, officiated by Pastor Catherine Diane King. Jim and his wife purchased one of Tecumseh’s historic downtown buildings, opening The Bead Box Rocks & Gemstone Gift Shop and Vintage Boulevard Suite Lodging. Besides co-managing their small businesses, Jim was a member of the Livingston Gem and Mineral Society and attended Grace Point Evangelical Free Church in Adrian.  He loved golfing with his good friend Herm and others, riding his Harley, cruising in his red corvette, vintage cars, traveling to warm weather states, spending quality time with his son Tony and Tony’s mom Kristy and step son David. He also cherished reconnecting with his adult daughters, Lisa and Melinda.  Jim and his wife enjoyed many years of vacationing with their good friends, Randy and Amber, at their timeshare in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Jim and his wife Jane want to thank their good friends, Sherry and Norm Peterson of Tecumseh, for taking over the care of their special needs son David and their business during the past 14 months, you have been a great blessing during this very difficult time.

Jim is survived by his wife, Jane; children, Lisa (Jimmy) Lerma-Brown of N.C., Melinda (Gary Barkowski) Lerma of Mass., James Antonio “Tony” Lerma of Saline and David Scheff of Tecumseh; brother, Ric (Tencha) Lerma of Texas; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by siblings Gerry Lerma, Sam Lerma and Dee Lerma-Cline, and son-in-law, Jimmy Brown.

In accordance to Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 at 11a.m. at Grace Point Evangelical Free Church in Adrian, Mich. with Pastor Dan Hammarberg presiding followed by a celebration of life held after the memorial at The American Legion Post #34 in Tecumseh. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Point Evangelical Free Church of Adrian, First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh, and Hospice of Lenawee. Arrangements are under the care of the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be offered to the family at handlerfuneralhomes.com.


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