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James A. Lathrop

September 28, 1954 ~ January 25, 2018 (age 63)

A rock-solid father, husband, brother, son, uncle and most of all, friend.  Jim passed away at home surrounded by his family and dogs.  He will be remembered by all who knew him as a man of integrity and love, and a person who was ALWAYS there for others.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents George and Patricia Lathrop.  He is survived by his wife Robin and daughter Alexandra (fiancé Nick Phillips), son Dillon and stepson Josh, brother Dave and wife Gay and their children, Tessa and Lucas, as well as many others.  

Jim fought a helluva fight with Parkinson’s Disease for 18 years.  While his body gradually gave way, his mind and heart remained true to form until the end.  His children were the light of his life.  He taught them and all he touched, through his fight with his disease, that life isn’t always fair – but you have life and it’s up to you to make the best hand out of the cards you’ve been dealt.

Jim was always in motion, constantly had projects underway and never seemed to tire.  Restoring anything old, including his pride and joy, a 1976 Viking deck boat, was his passion.  Whether it was antique motorcycles, boats, fans or flashlights, Jim could restore it to working condition.  He loves his time at the family cottage on Chippewa Lake, boating and laying back with friends.  Jim’s sense of humor was legendary, bringing a smile to everyone he knew.

He will be missed by so many old friends and family, including the Tuesday BW3 lunch gang, a highlight of his week.  Jim has too many friends to name all, but special thanks goes to his dear friend Charlie Bell who made so much possible for Jim as his health struggled.  And kudos to the wonderful Faith Hospice aides, Angela and Anna whom he enamored with his smile and twinkling eyes.  Our hearts will mourn his passing but know that he is at peace and we will someday reunite.  Visitation will be held Monday, January 29, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home 4291 Cascade Rd. SE with funeral services held Tuesday January 30, 11:00am at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting The Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan, The Lathrop Endowment Fund @ DA Blodgett Homes Children’s Foster Care or the Humane Society.

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