James graduated from Western Michigan Christian High School and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College. He was a brilliant student and was most recently pursuing his master’s degree in music from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. James and his wife were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where they were active in their church community. James worked at Russ’ and, later, worked for Shape Corp. for 10 years. He enjoyed coin collecting and playing chess against friends. James was a big fan of Sci-Fi, and could often be found reading Sci-Fi books or watching “Star Trek.”
James will be missed by his wife, Susan; his parents, Donald and Erma Yonkers of Grand Haven; and his two sisters, Cathy (Daniel) Shaw of Hart and Susan (Chris) Winkelman of Grand Haven.
A Private Family Service will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of North Ottawa Community. Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign James’ online guestbook.