Saturday, September 23, 2023

 James Ernest ‘Jim’ Wellman

James Ernest Wellman, fondly known as Jim, passed away on September 18, 2023, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Born on October 12, 1950, in Howell, Michigan, Jim was a beacon of kindness, courage, and selflessness, whose love for life and family left an indelible mark on all who knew him.

Jim was the beloved husband of Valerie Wellman and a devoted father to his sons, Jimmy R. (Miranda) Wellman and Evan (Leslie) Wellman. His joy multiplied with the birth of his grandchildren, Donavin VonHatten, Autumn Wellman, Makenzie Wellman, and Parker Wellman, and his great-grandson, Grayson Porter VonHatten. Jim also leaves behind his siblings, David (Kim), Mary Anne (Mike), Kathryn (Chuck), Carol (Tom), Rick (Ginger), and Janet, sisters-in-law, Ruth Wellman and Darlene Wellman, and a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mary Wellman, and his brothers, Robert Wellman, Jon Wellman, and Joseph Wellman.

Jim was a proud graduate of Fowlerville High School. He served his country in the National Guard and dedicated many years to the Quality Department at General Motors, Lansing Grand River Assembly. Despite the challenges he faced, including surviving a double lung transplant for seven years, Jim's resilient spirit shone through, inspiring those around him.

Passionate about the outdoors, Jim was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper. He held a particular fondness for antique tractors, dedicating countless hours to collecting, restoring, and showing them, especially the Speedex tractors. His love for nature extended to wild blueberry picking and bird watching, often spending hours feeding the birds, wild turkeys, and deer.

Jim found immense joy in spending time at the family cabin up north. Whether taking long, peaceful walks or playing with his sons and grandchildren, these moments were among his most cherished. He also enjoyed the thrill of visiting casinos, loved camping in his camper, and found tranquility in bird watching.

Jim's life was a testament to his inherent kindness and selflessness. His courage, particularly in the face of adversity, was an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him. His memory will continue to live on in the hearts of his family and friends, serving as a reminder of a life well-lived and a man well-loved.

In remembering Jim, we celebrate a life filled with love, courage, and an unwavering spirit. His legacy will continue to inspire and guide those who were fortunate enough to have known him. He will be deeply missed, but his memory will forever be a part of those who loved him.

A memorial service to celebrate Jim's life and legacy will be held from 5-8pm on Monday, October 2, 2023 at the American Legion Devereaux Post 141, 3265 W. Grand River Ave., Howell, MI.

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