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“Beth, my heartfelt sympathy on the recent loss of your Dad. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the many wonderful memories you have...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Gayle Waldenmaier - Richmond, IN

“Jim was a terrific volunteer driver at the St Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center. He would not just take people and bring them back. He made absolutely...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Shirley Reichert - Benton Harbor, MI

“I saw Jim at my mother's funeral in 2003. Had not seen him for years. My family and I lived abv Jim's home at 1617 S. State St. SJ in the early 50s...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Terry Montei - Prince George, VA

“Phyllis We are so sorry to read about Jim. Please know many are praying for you and your family at this difficult time. I have very fond memories of...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Sharon and Joe Boersma - TN

“We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Alan & Myra Marks - Eau Claire, MI

“Phyllis and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Be be assured that Phyllis and I are remembering all of you in our thoughts and prayers....Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Ren Baldwin - St. Joseph, MI

“Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this time, know he is not suffering & not in pain anymore. I will miss his visits to our office to ...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Diane & Wayne Schaus & Marie - MI

“Rest in peace, Jim. You were a good friend, at work and whenever we met after retirement. May God Bless your wife and family. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Gary Mccormick - Berrien Springs, MI

“Phyllis, Beth, Bill, Linda, Gil, Jodi and Jamie - My heart is heavy for all of you. Please know that your family continues to be in my prayers...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Lynn Avara-Stover - Frederick, MD

“Bill and family, Please accept my sincerest condolences. Our fathers were friends, too. I still have the metal printing plate that your dad gave...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: John Painter - Oil City, PA

“Phyllis & Family, You are in our hearts and prayers. Jim was such a wonderful person. He sure did love his family. I'll never forget how kind and...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Vicki & Wally Gruenwald - IL

“Jim, I am really going to miss you. You was like my brother. You was such a sweet and nice person. I really loved you. Sure wish I could be...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Betty Hoffman - Sun City West, AZ

“Phyllis, Please accept my sympathy at this sad time. I will always remember looking forward to seeing you and Jim at the Gentex Annual...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Loraine Pschigoda - Portage, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. I will always will remember the great laughs we had in Bridgman when he would bring...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Teresa Hance - Niles, MI - friend

“Dear Phyllis, Many many happy memories of you and Jim. He was always an angel in my book. Accept my sympathy. Martin [Pschigoda] ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Martin D. Pschigoda - Goshen, IN


James C. Kenke, 81 of St. Joseph, passed away, Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at his home.

A Celebration of Life Eternal will be held 9:30 A.M. Saturday at First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph with Rev. Robert Confer & Rev. William Shepard officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery with military rites conducted by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. Friends may call from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Friday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice at Home or First Church of God Prime Timers. Those wishing to sign Jim's Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Jim was born December 29, 1930 in St. Joseph to August & Olga (Witkowski) Kenke. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1949. Jim served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War. On April 5, 1959, he married the former Phyllis McCutchan in Elkhart, Indiana. Jim was employed at the Herald Palladium as a linotype operator, retiring in 1992 after thirty-seven years. He was a member of the First Church of God, The Prime Timers, American Legion Post #163- St. Joseph, Korean War Veterans of SW Michigan, Papsan Mamasan Korean War Veterans, and a volunteer at the St. Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center. Jim was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears, Bulls, & Cubs, and of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He enjoyed working in his yard and was always glad to help others with whatever they needed. Jim cherished the time spent with his family, especially his twin granddaughters, and traveling and going on cruises after retirement.

Jim is survived by his wife Phyllis; his children-Elizabeth Kenke of St. Joseph, Bill Kenke of Westmont, IL, Linda (Gilbert) Dotson of Coloma; and twin granddaughters Jodi & Jamie Dotson. He was preceded in death by his parents.