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Lapham, James L. -

James L. Lapham

Martin - Jim passed away from complications following surgery on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Bronson Hospital. He was born September 7, 1935 in Martin Township the son of Dean and Martha (Pike) Lapham. On May 14, 1955 he married Joyce Fuss at Sacred Heart Church in Watson Township. In 1962 Jim started Lapham Heating and Plumbing and continued working until his retirement in 2000. Jim enjoyed coaching his son’s sports team when he was growing up and had been a member of the Martin School Board. He was also a member of the Otsego Moose Lodge, Otsego Elks and Martin Lions Club. In his spare time Jim enjoyed watching old westerns, following the Detroit Red Wings and Uof M Wolverines, bowling on area leagues and travel with his wife. Surviving are their children, Ronda (Tim) Beeke of Kalamazoo and Ryan (Michelle Bausch) Lapham of Dorr; son-in-law, Bob Boersma; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, Darlene, Sylvia, Jerry and Paul along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce; daughter, Renee Boersma and brothers, Don and Duane. Friends may visit with Jim’s family starting at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 P.M. with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating. A private family burial will take place at Hicks Cemetery in Watson Township. Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to his favorite charity, Wings of Hope Hospice. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Winkel Funeral Home
Winkel Funeral Home
207 E Allegan Street
PO Box 165
Otsego, MI 49078