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James "Jim" Ira Kanatzar

March 3, 1936 September 17, 2017
James "Jim" Ira Kanatzar
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Obituary for James "Jim" Ira Kanatzar

James “Jim” Ira Kanatzar, age 81 of Davison, passed away September 17, 2017. He was born in Lexington, KY on March 3, 1936 to the late Alfred Wayne and Alma June Kanatzar. On November 28, 2016 Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years and the love of his life, Ann Kanatzar. Jim and Ann had an incredibly strong faith in God, Heaven has now gained another angel. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend who was loved very much and will be missed. “Our sadness is overwhelming but our comfort comes from knowing that he is with the Lord and with his wife Ann once again.”

Jim was very proud to be a veteran and to have served his country in Korea for the United States Army. He had an enormous smile and was so sweet to everyone he knew, lighting up the room wherever he was. He was very generous and would give up his last dime to help someone. He was a great singer and regularly sang to his family. Jim loved playing golf, watching old black and white movies, especially Casablanca which was his favorite; watching the Detroit Tigers, Fox news, talking politics and feeding the birds. Most of all Jim loved spending time with his family that he loved so dearly, especially his grand babies, and they loved him equally as much.

Jim is survived by his daughters Anita (Ricky) Smith and Kari Ellis; grandchildren Jolena (Andrew), Stacy (Jason), April, Aaron, Nathan, Alicia (Jeremy) and Tiffany; great grandchildren Bella, Ariel, and Ethan; brothers Fred and Rick (Nancy) Kanatzar; also several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his sister Donna; son-in-law Marshall Ellis.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 20th at 1:00 pm at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Oxford. Friends may visit on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. The family is welcome to visit privately at from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly with military honors will be on Thursday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m. Memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are greatly appreciated.

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Private Family Visitation

Wednesday

20

Sep

10:00 AM 9/20/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/20/2017 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford

39 W. Burdick
Oxford, MI 48371

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford
39 W. Burdick Oxford 48371 MI
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

20

Sep

11:00 AM 9/20/2017 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 9/20/2017 1:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford

39 W. Burdick
Oxford, MI 48371

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford
39 W. Burdick Oxford 48371 MI
United States

Funeral Service

Wednesday

20

Sep

1:00 PM 9/20/2017 1:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford

39 W. Burdick
Oxford, MI 48371

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Oxford
39 W. Burdick Oxford 48371 MI
United States

Graveside Service

Thursday

21

Sep

10:00 AM 9/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
Great Lakes National Cemetery

4200 Belford Rd
Holly, MI 48442

Great Lakes National Cemetery
4200 Belford Rd Holly 48442 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Great Lakes National Cemetery Final Resting Place

4200 Belford Rd
Holly, MI 48442

4200 Belford Rd Holly 48442 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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