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James Ferris

August 16, 1963November 12, 2021

James "Jim" August Ferris, a long-time resident of Belleville, Michigan, died peacefully at Evangelical Home in Saline, Michigan, on Friday, November 12th, 2021, at the age of 58 years old.

Jim was proceeded in death by his beloved wife, Joy Ferris, and by his father, Alfred Ferris. Jim is survived by his cherished daughter, Jessica Ferris (Belleville, MI). Jim also leaves behind his mother; Barbara Ferris (Dexter, MI); brother Alfred Ferris (Dexter, MI); sister Deborah Brown (Chelsea, MI); three step-children; April Sova (Troy Sova), Steve Clark (Aranvihn Clark) and Heidi Ellis (Ann Arbor, MI); three grandchildren (Mikaylah, Aimee, and Aaron Sova); brother-in-law John Mitchell (Jackie Mitchell); niece Christine Turner (Jeffrey Turner), and many more extended family and friends.

Jim was born on August 16th, 1963, in Ann Arbor, MI to parents Alfred and Barbara Ferris. He graduated from Dexter High School in 1981 and enrolled in the Army the same year. He proudly served in the National Guard until retirement in 2001. He also had a passion for community service and safety, working as a volunteer firefighter for 31 years - serving both the City of Dexter and the Charter Township of Van Buren. He married Joy Ferris in 1995 and they had one child together, Jessica Ferris; Jim also was step-father to April Sova, Steve Clark, and Heidi Ellis. His children fondly remember him as a hard-working man with a passion for service to his fellow community. In his spare time, Jim had a love for Bowling, Gardening, Cooking, and his Detroit Red Wings.

A visitation for James will be held Friday, November 19, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 S 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. A visitation will occur Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 403 S 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. A funeral service will occur Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, 403 S 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. A burial will occur Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 1:45 PM at Bethlehem Cemetery, 2801 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in James' memory may be made to The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, https://www.firehero.org/donate/.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.muehligannarbor.com for the Ferris family.


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 19, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

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