Jimmie "Jim" E. Aldrich
September 22, 1936 – October 4, 2021
Jimmie “Jim” E. Aldrich age 85, passed away October 4, 2021 in Lansing, Michigan. Jim was born on September 22, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Marvin and Dorothy Aldrich.
Jim graduated from Sexton High School in 1954, and enlisted in the United States Air Force honorably serving 4 years for his country. Jim worked for GM his entire adult life, retiring as a foreman from Fisher Body after 37 years.
On July 29, 1961 Jim married “Cricket” (Oliver) and together they celebrated 58 years of marriage. He will be remembered for his edgy humor that would usually end with him laughing the loudest; He also loved road trips--on one particular trip he and Cricket drove to Alaska to enjoy the Northern Lights together – it was supposed to be 3 months but they returned after 6 weeks because they were homesick.
He also had a passion for the outdoors, especially camping and fishing trips to Rice Lake in Ontario. He would take the family to the right spot to catch all the walleye and panfish we could handle. Jim was an exercise buff most of his life, waking up at 4am to workout. In fact, at 55 years young, he could bench press 315lb.
He was also a person that could build or fix anything, and his construction was so sturdy you could drive a tank over it. And, of course, with his automotive career and attention to detail, his vehicles were always pristine and far superior to stock.
But mostly, Jim was a family man who was always there to help, and his word was his bond – if he said he would be there and do something, it would be done.
Jim is survived by his daughter Lona Jean, her husband Joe Simmons; Son Jason his wife Tammy Bristol-Aldrich; his daughter-in-law, Dawn Aldrich-Harris; 5 grandchildren, Jillian, Shane, Lucas, Destiny and Riley; and 3 great-grandchildren, Lillian, Lona, Samson; sister, Dorothy Laudenslager and Sister-in-law Carol Oliver and Barb Oliver.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife Cricket, his son Jeff, daughter Janet, his grandson Zachary, Sister Jane Strickland and Sally Symond, Brother-in-law Merle Oliver (by just a few days) as well as many other loving family members. He will be dressed in his favorite MSU shirt just to get Cricket’s goat when he arrives in heaven.
No Services will be held at this time, as Jim and Cricket didn't want a fuss over them after they died, and we don't want them to haunt us! We will plan a celebration of life in the future. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Capital Area Humane Society.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.tiffanyfuneralhome.com for the Aldrich family.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Jimmie "Jim" E. Aldrich
October 16, 2021
For the memory I posted from the Grow Family -
Teri Wise (Grow)
Gordon and LaVerne Grow
Teri, Sandi, Sherri & Jim
October 16, 2021
Jim Aldrich had the best laugh and he always had a smile on his face.
My family, the Grows - Gordy and LaVerne and us 4 kids Teri, Sandi, Sherri and Jim have known the wonderful Aldrich family for many many years. Jim and Cricket, and their children..Jeannie, Jeff, Janet, (of course we called her Tute..sorry if I spelled that wrong) and Jason, were the nicest people anyone could have ever known.
It all began when my dad started working at Fischer Body and Jim Aldrich was my dad’s Foreman. And that’s where the amazing friendship began.
Our family would visit the Aldrich’s home many times. I remember it as ‘the house by the drive-in.’ Jim and Cricket and my parents would play cards while all us kids played together.
Those were the good ole days which created many many happy memories.
Then life happens and we hadn’t been in touch with the Aldrich’s for years until my youngest sister’s wedding in 2017.
Our family was very very blessed to have known the Aldrich family.
Jim and my dad shared many laughs together and had become such good friends.
Much sadness has come upon this loving family in recent years and now Jim will be greeted in Heaven by his wife Cricket and two of their children who were also taken away too soon… Jeff and Janet!
They will all be sadly missed. They are now at their new home in Heaven!
Until we all meet again.
Prayers and hugs to Jeannie and Jason and family!
God Bless you!
October 6, 2021
My condolences to all of Jims family. I know your dad loved you both very much and his grand babies. May God give comfort to all of you.