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James Bruce Williams

HASTINGS, MI - James Bruce Williams, age 75, of Hastings, passed away on December 26, 2019.
 James was born in Hastings, on July 6, 1944, the son of Lafayette and Sophia (Cooke) Williams.  He was a 1962 graduate of Nashville High School (Maple Valley).  James worked for General Motors for 32 years, retiring in the mid 90s.  On May 31, 1962, James married Diane Lind, his wife of 57 years.
 In his early years, James enjoyed hunting and snowmobiling with family and friends.  Throughout his life, he enjoyed tractor shows, camping and horse pulls.  In his retirement years, he loved watching his grandchildren play sports and painting with his son.
 James was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gene, Lafayette Jr., Dick, Edward, Walt, Lloyd, Larry, Theodore, Ronald and Clarence; sister, Charlene; father-in-law, Willard Lind, and grandson, Derek Williams.
 James is survived by his wife Diane Williams; mother-in-law, Fern Lind; children, Jim (Debbie) Williams, Bryan Williams, Mindy (Chad) Zimmerman; grandchildren, Lindsey, Chase, Tyler (Cindy), Carson, Dylan, Kylie and Dominik; brother, Mike (Helen) Williams, and sisters-in-law, Darlene Wetter and Nuala Williams and many nieces and nephews.
 According to his wishes, a private family service will be held.  
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan.  Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home.  To leave an online condolence, visit

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