James Steven Weems

September 2, 1955September 14, 2021

James Steven Weems' zest for life didn’t come to an end with his death. Jim passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021 after a short illness, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

Jim was born Sept. 2, 1955, in Ypsilanti, MI, to Jim and Delores Weems. As a young man, he spent countless hours at the family property near Edmore, MI, where he learned to love hunting, snowmobiling, hayless rides, and bonfires. As an adult, Jim’s ability to make everyone feel comfortable, secure, and loved were his greatest strengths. He was a hardworking and giving man. Not only was he committed to his job, family, and friends, Jim was a man of faith, passionate about giving back to the community. His grandchildren were his everything.

Jim is survived by his wife of 38 years, Betsy K. (Peterson) Weems; daughters Amanda (Justin) Elliott and Lindsey (Jared) Willman; son, Tyler (Alycia) Weems; sister, Norma Weems; brother, Britton Weems; and grandchildren Brogan, Alysa, Bentley, Levi, Autumn, Jace, Scarlett, and Stella. Jim is preceded in death by his son, Joseph; parents James W. Weems and Dolores M. Lafleur; and sister, Nancy Schuette.

Visitation will take place from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17; Memorial Service 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. The visitation and service will be held at Cornerstone Church, 1675 84th St. SE, Caledonia, 49316. The service will be live-streamed. Link for live stream: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kids’ Food Basket Grand Rapids or UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 17, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 18, 2021


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Kurt Bischoff

September 21, 2021

I have had the fine pleasure of knowing Jim and Betsy for many years, through my sister Kathy, her husband, Mike, and his family.

I refer to Jim and Betsy as 'Lake People,' as I would usually only see them up at the lake. Jim always had a smile and a warm 'Hello' when he saw you; I never saw him in a bad mood--and how could he ever be in a bad mood? He was married to Betsy! She is truly a sweetheart, and my heart breaks for her in this difficult time.

I look forward to the day when I will, once again, see Jim and his warm smile. Be at peace, my friend.

Kathy & George Ahrens

September 19, 2021

We are heartbroken hearing of Jim's passing. He was a great guy and so much fun. Your whole family meant a lot to us when we were at St. Paul's. We're praying for all of you, as are Mike and Pat.

Dan and Theresa Mills

September 17, 2021

We have been blessed to know Jim and Betsy for over thirty years. We’ve enjoyed deep discussions about faith and we’ve enjoyed lighthearted moments at the Shelbyville Tavern over a cold beer. We’ll miss Jim’s smile and his love of University of Michigan football.

Mark Sorek

September 17, 2021

It's been a long time, but many good memories with Jim at The Lake. He was a good man, always made people welcome. His passing will leave a big hole in many lives.

Larry Brandes

September 17, 2021

Over 40 years our relationship was that of customer, co-worker, but always dear friends. From the time you said "I met this cute Dutch girl..." our lives journeyed thru vacations, color tours, in both dark days and bright days our friendship grew. Our almost daily chats, discussing current events, the state of transportation and many issues will be missed. Next week my go to guy will not be there, But we will take up discussions in heaven see you then