Lakeshore Memorial Services

11939 James Street, Holland, MI


James "Jim" Beals

November 2, 1938July 20, 2020

Jim Beals, age 81, passed away on July 20, 2020. His journey ended peacefully as he took his last breath here on earth, and entered heaven to be reunited with the love of his life, Patricia & his son, Joel. Jim was born in Bloomingdale, Michigan in 1938, the only child of Alpheus and Barbara Beals. He worked for many years during his youth at the Village Market, which his family owned. Jim loved to tell stories of his days delivering groceries throughout town. In high school, he met Patricia and his world changed. After graduation, Jim attended Western Michigan University and earned a degree in Engineering. As his college years came to an end, he enlisted in the Army and served overseas in Germany. He and Patricia were married on April 1, 1961. Their family grew when they adopted Joel in 1968 and Julie in 1972.

Jim is survived by his daughter Julie (Dan) Marroquin, granddaughters Molly & Katie Marroquin. Also by his brother-in-law, Larry Cochran. Many cousins, nieces, & nephews.

Over the course of his career, Jim designed guitars for Gibson Guitar Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After the Gibson plant closed, he began designing clocks for Howard Miller Clock Company in Zeeland, Michigan. He retired from Howard Miller in 2003.

Anyone who knew Jim, knew that he lived his life by The Golden Rule. He never spoke a negative word about anyone. He gave of himself through volunteering at his church (First United Methodist Church of Holland) and also at the P.E.T. Plant. (Michigan – West Michigan | Mobility Worldwide®) He was a firm believer in equality, grace, and always treating people with kindness.

It’s hard to write a formal obituary for my Dad - someone who never enjoyed being in the spotlight. He was always perfectly comfortable working behind the scenes, never needing attention or accolades. He was so gentle and caring. So genuine and full of love.

He could strike up a conversation with anyone. His ability to put people at ease came naturally. My Dad had a wicked sense of humor. His quick wit and sweet smile could always get him out of trouble with my Mom :) As Alzheimer’s took him further from us, this was the hardest thing to see change.

To the very end of his life here on earth, Dad was always helping his fellow residents in the Eagle Harbor Memory Unit at Freedom Village in Holland. The nurses would always comment about how Dad was always willing to help out when other residents needed attention. This was his nature - always helping.

His greatest joy in life was being a grandfather to Molly & Katie. He loved building things for them - they both have beautiful keepsakes from Bapa. He enjoyed supporting them at school and sporting events. He was always a perfect audience for any story they wanted to tell. He will be dearly missed by his girls.

Our family is so, so thankful for the caring staff at Freedom Village. The nurses that got to know Dad over the last 2 years provided a home for him that was safe and full of love. I am especially grateful for Dad’s favorite aide, Jill, that was there holding his hand as he left us.

What an honor it was to have him for a father. What a privilege it was to have him as an example of marriage, family, and community. We celebrate that his has reunited with Mom & that he is whole again.

I will miss you so much Dad. Every time dessert is served. Every time I smell fresh cut lumber. Whenever I hear Big Band music. And anytime I hear a clock ticking. I will think of you. Thank you for holding my hand on the first day of kindergarten. For teaching me how to do doughnuts in the snow. For walking me down the aisle. And for teaching me that everyone deserves a second chance.

Due to COVID restrictions, we will not be having a service at this time. Please consider donating in Dad’s memory to either the P.E.T. Plant (3365 John F. Donnelly Drive, Holland, MI, 49424) or the Alzheimer’s Association (https://act.alz.org)


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James "Jim" Beals

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Liz Travis

August 5, 2020

Julie, I think you did a great job talking about your Dad, that is so Jim! I enjoyed getting to know him better in the church office when I was working and he was volunteering. Of course I knew your Mom through UMW. Sometimes I would join them after church for breakfast. I am so glad to hear Jim kept his loving personality even though he had Alzheimer’s, sometimes that disease really changes a person in a bad way. You have wonderful memories to remember very special people.

Diane Murray

August 5, 2020

What a dear, dear man! It was such a JOY to know Jim and Pat. I shall miss the smile the most. Blessings on you Julie and family!

Dorothy Moreno

August 3, 2020

We have many wonderful memories of Jim (and Pat). Always talk and laughter on our yearly trips, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing dominoes, meals, and sharing life's ups and downs. Hugs to all of you and our hearts are with you.
Dot and John

Hayley Bates

August 3, 2020

James, Even though i never got to meet you, i know you were such an amazing grandfather to Molly and Katie. Not only were you an amazing grandfather but an amazing father to Julie. You will be missed by many and always loved as well. You will even be missed by me even though we never met your still in my heart❤️ - Hayley Bates

Bud Montgomery

July 31, 2020

Jim was the nicest person I have ever met. Somewhere in the Pat Brewer photo I am also. Jim was the best man at my wedding and I his...As I travel down the path of old memories, he holds a special place for the many many things he did for me. Looking forward to seeing that smile again and giving him and Pat a long and heartfelt hug.

Bud and Arlene Montgomery

Julie Carey

July 31, 2020

Many memories julie and family. I believe we did mission trips together, Tom and I. And you and your brother were along. Your parents were fun happy and beautiful Christians. Your heart is heavy but your dad is with wonderful Patricia. Much
love and empathy. Julie carey

Pat Brewer

July 31, 2020

Jim was a friend dating back to the first grade in Bloomingdale.
You couldn't have found a nicer guy if you searched the world. The redeeming factor of his passing is that he is reunited with the love of his life, Pat (Cochran) Beals.
You both will be missed!


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