James A. Boyden, age 72, of Klinger Lake, White Pigeon, passed away early Monday morning, Aug. 15, 2016, at his home.
He was born April 20, 1944, in Lansing, a son of the late Charles and Martha (Gegung) Boyden.
Jim resided most of his life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1962.
On Sept. 26, 1981, he married Jane Clock in Sturgis.
Jim retired as an agent with AAA of Michigan Insurance Company following over 30 years of dedicated service to the Sturgis area. He also had worked for Kirsch Company in Sturgis.
He was a member of Klinger Lake Country Club and B.P.O.Elks #1381, both in Sturgis.?Before he became ill, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and loved playing golf with his many buddies. Jim also enjoyed volunteering his time at the Friday Friendship Lunch at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife, Jane; a daughter, Julie (Bruce) Buhl of White Pigeon; a son, Steven Boyden of Kalamazoo; a sister, Polly Price of El Segundo, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert; a sister, Agnes; and a niece, Karen.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. A memorial requiem Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Aaron Evans and Pastor Robert Keim will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Jim’s memory consider Hospice of Sturgis, P.O. Box 126, Sturgis, MI 49091; or St. John’s Episcopal Church Friday Friendship Lunch, 110 S. Clay St., Sturgis, MI 49091.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfunrealhomes.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.