James Kendall Hirst
March 21, 1934 – September 12, 2018
James K. Hirst, LTC US Army, age 84, died on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. He was born on March 21, 1934 to parents Rheo L. and Marion E. (Massie) Hirst and was raised in Decatur, Michigan.
Jim enjoyed playing basketball on the Decatur high school team. He attended Michigan State University where he graduated in 1956. He was involved in the Army ROTC program at MSU and shortly after graduation he was assigned to the Ingrandes Quartermaster Depot in France from 1956 to 1958. This is where he met and courted his wife, Lynne M. Schellberg. Jim fondly repeated the story of how he ordered his long term friend, Bob Foley, to introduce him to Lynne on his birthday simply because Jim had one day of rank in the Army over his friend. Jim and Lynne were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Decatur on August 21, 1960. They resided in Okemos where they raised four daughters.
Jim loved to take his family vacationing on various lakes in Michigan as he enjoyed swimming and fishing. Jim lived in his Okemos home for nearly 50 years. He served in the Army Reserve for many years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Lynne and brother, Forrest. He is survived by his daughters, Tara DeGeer, Kendalyn Murray, Suzanna Von Hurst and Ansara Piebenga, as well as 6 grandchildren; his sister, Margaret Elliott and brothers, Bob and Keith Hirst.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 11 AM at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 1730 E. Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823. Visitation will take place from 10-11 AM.
Burial with military honors will take place at Lakeside Cemetery in Decatur, MI around 2 PM.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.greastlansing.com.
- Visitation Saturday, September 22, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, September 22, 2018
James Kendall Hirst
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September 18, 2018
I never knew you personally however I have known your beautiful daughter for many years now..... I am her hairdresser. on more than one occasion you would call when she was in my chair getting ready for her birthday. she would laugh and giggle talking with you as you would wish her a happy birthday! And since then everytime I would see her we would spend time talking about you, I always wanted to check in and see how you were doing.... I never had the chance of knowing you however everytime she sat in my chair it's like I've know on you my whole life...