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Chas. J. Burden & Son Funeral Home

1806 East Michigan Avenue, Jackson, MI

OBITUARY

James Albert Zentgraf Sr.

September 4, 1943November 1, 2019

ZENTGRAF, SR. JAMES A. “JIMMY Z” Of Jackson, passed away at the age of 76 on Friday, November 1, 2019 at the University of Michigan Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Marla Zentgraf; children, Sharon (Ken) Jozwiak, Jimmy Zentgraf, Jr., Scott (Ginger) Zentgraf, Kim (Casey) Mock, Brandee Wilson, Sandy Mock, Rob (Heather) Mock and Nikki (Larry) Harrison; seventeen grandchildren, many great grandchildren; siblings, Sally Bomyea, Auggie Zentgraf and Shelia Skinner; sister-in-law, Rayniece Prather and lifelong friend, Dave Klima as well as numerous nieces, nephews, loving family members and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Zentgraf; brother, Fred Zentgraf and great granddaughter, Cassidy. Jimmy was born in Detroit, Michigan and spend the first half of his life downriver. He retired as a truck driver with the teamsters. He managed bars in the area, Korner Keg; Shamrock and at one time owned Thuli’s. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, golfing and camping at Paradise Campground in Cement City. He touched the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. A Celebration of his life will be held at the P.N.A. (638 Page Ave. Jackson 49203) on Saturday, November 23, 2019. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. and then share thoughts and stories at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions to assist with final expenses would be appreciated.

Services

23 November

Visitation

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

P.N.A.

638 Page Avenue
Jackson, Michigan 49203

23 November

Memorial/Celebration of Life

3:00 pm

P.N.A.

638 Page Avenue
Jackson, Michigan 49203

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James Albert Zentgraf Sr.

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Jeff Aldous

November 8, 2019

Although I haven't seen Jimmy Z in the last few years, a smile came to my face every time his name was mentioned. Such a great person, someone I looked up to when he was behind the bar at the Shamrock or Thules or sitting on one of my bar stools at the Greystone. A very well respected person everywhere he went. Rest in peace Jimmy Z, thoughts and prayers to Marla, family and friends. You will be missed.

Sally and Carl VanDusseldorp

November 8, 2019

We are sad for you,Marla and family. We always loved seeing Jimmy and he always made us smile. Thankfully, he had a family that loved him, and was able to enjoy his summers in God’s country! We will miss him. RIP Jimmy Z!

Rich and Pat Jennings

November 6, 2019

We will miss you Jimmy . Your sense of humor and your winning smile. Your memory will live on forever and ever. Fly high with the angels . Let God take care of you now. We love you . We will never forget you.

Margaret Lowe

November 5, 2019

All of the laughs and stories that created wonderful memories, Jimmy Z, will continue to bring a smile every time we mention your name. Your quick humor, the way you adored Marla, and how you’d put up with our shenanigans with that sideways shake of your head and a grin... all of the wonderful traits that made you so unique we will remember and cherish. Rest high.

Robin Cecil

November 5, 2019

Jimmy Z, you were one of a kind that's for sure. I don't think I ever saw you when you didn't have a smile on your face. You are going to be missed by so many. Paradise will never be the same without you. Fly high Jimmy Z! I will forever miss your friendship!!!

Nancy Kuriwchak

November 5, 2019

Jimmy you will missed.It was nice seeing you at my brother's funeral I remember all the good times we had.
You will be missed.R E P buddy. We will see you again. My prayers and thoughts go out to your family and Children. Say hello to my brother for all his family

Jim & Lori Kawzinsky

November 5, 2019

We were saddened to learn about Jimmy passing away. Marla, please accept our sincere condolences. We will miss Jimmy Z.

Sue Balyeat

November 4, 2019

So sorry Marla. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family 🙏🙏 🙏 💕💕

Melissa Draper

November 4, 2019

Fly high with God's Angeles Jimmy Z
You will be greatly missed more than words can say

Jan Henley

November 4, 2019

Jimmy, you always had a smile on your face. You were great to my granddaughters, kinda spoiled them 😊, and loved to tease. I will miss you with all my heart. But, that is where you will remain. Fly high big guy. Love you 💞

FROM THE FAMILY