Covell Funeral Home

200 N Brownson, Kingsley, MI


James D. Harrigan

18 October , 194613 August , 2019

James D. Harrigan "Dude" was born and raised in Blair Township MI, son to Ernest Harrigan and Allene (Blonshine) Powell. Jim served during the Vietnam War with the Marines climbing to the rank of Sergeant and being awarded the 'National Defense Service Medal' and 'Good Conduct Medal' before an honorable discharge. He worked for the Traverse City State Hospital for many years. Following his departure from the State Hospital Jim worked for the United States Postal Service. This job gave Jim the opportunity to give back to his community as a rural driver, checking on the many people on his route who just needed an extra hand. After retiring from the USPS he did the most Jim thing he could do, he got a job helping people. As a Meals on Wheels driver he always went above and beyond to help the clients in any way possible. In addition to the USPS and Meals on Wheels, Jim delivered for the Record Eagle newspaper for 30 years, retiring last December. He was never without a treat in his car for any dogs he may come across, and loved the time he spent with his dog Sadie who passed earlier this year.

In his spare time Jim enjoyed the simple things. Spending time with his family, college sports, and animals. Throughout the years the Harrigan household was home to various farm animals, an endeavor his kids referred to as his "Hobby Farm." His favorite college teams were the Florida Gators and Michigan Wolverines, especially the latter, as his granddaughter started there this year as a freshman.

Jim is survived by his wife Cathy Harrigan, his children Gayle Gunther, EJ Harrigan, Becky Blake, Erika Harrigan, Ruth Ann Harrigan, and Kelby Harrigan, his eleven grandkids, one great grand daughter and another great-grandchild on the way, many people he considered his kids, his siblings Ron & Bruce Harrigan, Barb Harrigan-Prentice, Ruth Leaym and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother Allene Powell, his father Ernest Harrigan, nephews Bryan and Matt, and father and mother in law Doranda and Eloise Crouch.

Donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Kingsley Outdoor Education Program.


  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Kingsley Area Schools - ODAC


  • Visitation Saturday, 17 August , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 17 August , 2019
  • Burial Saturday, 17 August , 2019


James D. Harrigan

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chuck ake

23 August 2019

my mother marcia ake - weaver. anyway i am chuck her and jims son. i have had the pleasure of talking with dude and knowing him through family. i just want you and your family to know we just found out of dudes passing. He to me in convercation was a great being and if all man could do as dude has the world would be a better place. i know he as my mother rest in the house of the lord. god bless. chuck ake

Melissa Schichtel

14 August 2019

Jim will be missed at MDS Automotive by all the staff and especially the dogs that he spoiled with treats. May you find peace in remembering Jim’s kind, loving spirit. God bless, love The Schichtel’s

Marilyn Beckwith

14 August 2019

I loved Dude and Cathy and their children as family. I was there when Cathy and Dude first met while she was working with Barb and I at the Big Boy. It took a minute, and they fell in love and married. Haven’t separated since. That kind of love only happens once in awhile. I am honored to have had him as my ‘brother’ for all these years. I will miss him tremendously. Love to Cathy and the entire family. He is a loss to so many. I will miss you. Marilyn

Bruce Harrigan

14 August 2019

Many great memories of my older brother, but not being a public person I will keep those personal. He will always be in my heart and missed constantly. My heartfelt condolences to all his family who I know will miss him dearly.