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James E. "Jim"
Shire

April 23, 1949 – May 9, 2019

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Obituary for James E. "Jim" Shire

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James “Jim” Edward Shire, 70 of Coldwater passed away Thursday, May 09, 2019 at his home while surrounded by his loving family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 am, Monday, May 13, 2019 at St. Charles Borromeo Church with Rev. Fr. Paul Redmond officiating. Military Honors will occur after the Mass by Coldwater American Legion Post #52. Visitation will be prior to the service Monday from 9:00 - 10:45 am at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. Rosary will be recited at 10:45. In following Jim’s wishes, cremation will take place following the service and a private burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery.

James was born April 23, 1949 to Ted and Jenny (Ford) Shire in Angola, IN. After graduation from high school, he took some trade school and became a diesel mechanic. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, serving in Viet Nam from 1968-1971 as a Machinist. He worked for Stoops in Fremont, IN for 30 plus years, retiring in 2016. On June 21, 1975 he married the love of his life, Deborah Dollar at St. Charles Catholic Church.

Jim was a man of faith and attended St. Charles for many years. He was Baptized and Confirmed on May 1, 2019. He was a member of the Coldwater American Legion Post #52. Jim was a man of many interests. He enjoyed tinkering in the garage, doing remodeling projects, and being a handyman. Jim was very active with Habitat for Humanity, helping in many capacities. He was also artistic, particularly drawing. Jim liked being outdoors and going kayaking. His true joy in life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren which referred to him as “Big Papa”. He will be remembered for his quiet and gentle nature, and his willingness to help others.

Jim is survived by his wife of 43 years, Deb Shire of Coldwater; his daughters Jaime (Nick) Rogers of Colorado Springs, CO and Caitlin (Trevor) Gray of Bronson; his sisters Beverly (John) Sullivan of Youngstown, OH and Jeri (Mike) Sieburn of Angola; his grandchildren Brenna and Jace Rogers, Tristen and Ember Gray; his mother-in-law Romaine Dollar; and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law Leo Dollar.

Memorials may be directed to Habitat for Humanity or Disabled American Veterans. www.dutcherfh.com

Visitation

When Monday, May 13th, 2019 9:00am - 10:45am
Location
Dutcher Funeral Home
Address
440 W. Chicago St.
Coldwater, MI 49036
Additional Information Rosary will be recited at 10:45.

Service Information

When
Monday, May 13th, 2019 11:30am
Location
St. Charles Borromeo Church
Address
150 Taylor Street
Coldwater, MI 49036
Service Extra Info
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 am, Monday, May 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM at St. Charles Borromeo Church with Rev. Fr. Paul Redmond officiating. Military Honors will occur after the Mass by Coldwater American Legion Post #52.

Interment Information

Location
Oak Grove Cemetery
Address
809 W. Chicago St.
Coldwater, MI 49036
Interment Extra Info
A private burial will take place at a later date.