James Edward Menke

November 29, 1949October 1, 2020

James Edward Menke, 70, of Williamston, Michigan passed away Thursday October 1, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born November 29, 1949 in Lansing, Michigan to the late Edward J. and Ida C. Menke. He was preceded in death by his beloved brother Richard L. Menke and survived by sisters Janet (Rod) Taylor, Doris (Gary) Simmons, and Sue Menke, wife of the late Richard.

Jim is survived by his wife JoAnn (Holberg) of 39 years, and four children; son, James E. (Cierra) Menke Jr., daughters, Kimberly (Randy) Sexton, Rena (Tony) Worth, and Andrea Menke. Eight granddaughters, three grandsons, two great-granddaughters, numerous nieces and nephews, and his devoted dog, Flanders.

In 1968, Jim began his lifetime career at Sears Roebuck and Company, working his way up to his position as a heat, air, and appliance repair technician.

Jim enjoyed spending time with his family and sharing his passions for traveling, outdoor recreational activities, hobby farming, and spending time at his cabin that had been enjoyed for generations in Northern Michigan. He will be remembered for his quick wit and generous and loving spirit.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 at Wheatfield United Methodist Church (520 Holt Road, Williamston) at 1:00 PM with Reverend Brandon Hemple officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Cemetery (Williamston).

James Menke Jr., Tony Worth, Randy Sexton, Rick Menke, Mike Menke, and Ben Taylor will be the pallbearers along with Scott Taylor, Rex Holberg, and Jim Armstrong as his honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM through 1:00 PM at Wheatfield United Methodist Church prior to the ceremony on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wheatfield United Methodist Church.

Special thanks to Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, McLaren Hospice Care, and Spectrum Heart and Lung Clinic for their compassion and skilled services.


  • Visitation

    Monday, October 5, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 5, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, October 5, 2020


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Cullen Menke

October 5, 2020

Uncle Jim always carried a peace with him. Always seemed to be a cool customer. A simple man who loved family. Thankfully he had a big one to surround him with love til the very end. I bet him and Grandpa (Dick) are out for a walk or blueprinting the pole barn somewhere up there :)

Richard Ahti Ahti

October 4, 2020

Dear JoAnn and Family,
May the Grace and Peace of Jesus Christ be with you all. It is a time of sadness and of peace knowing that Jim has returned to his heavenly home. He was and will continue to be a blessing to all of us.
I knew him for only a short time but during that time I learned that he loved his family and was a friend to all. We both commented that it seemed that we had met somewhere before my time at Wheatfield UMC. But for the life of us we could not remember that specific time. But there was a feeling of familiarity. He worked hard at being a good husband, Father and Grandfather. There does come a time when we have accomplished a lot in life and it is time to pass the work on to others.
In John 17:4, Jesus prays, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. An now, Father, glorify me in your presence…” Jim completed his work in his earthly home and is now returning to his heavenly home with God.
Diane and I will continue to pray for you and your family that you may find peace in your lives and be an example of Jesus’s love and grace.
Richard and Diane Ahti

Carrie Sparks

October 3, 2020

Kim! I am soooooo sorry!!! My heart sank when I came across your dad's obituary. I immediately thought back to 3rd grade. I distinctly remember we drew pictures (think: crayons) of stick people. In those pictures were your dad, Jo (I think it was right before or after they were married), you, and ME!! We added me to your family! Being an only child, I was ecstatic at the thought of being your dad's daughter❤️. I love you, Kimberly!! I'm thinking of you and your family and I'm positive Trevor will want us to say a prayer for you. Love you lots!!!

Renee Menke

October 2, 2020

Every time I saw Uncle Jim he was smiling. He always welcomed me and made me feel right at home. He laughed a lot and had a cute boyish grin!


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