At age 85, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Blue Heron Pond Care Facility in South Lyon. He was born January 19, 1933 in Roundhead, Ohio, the son of Ralph and Dorothy (Fike) Line.
For many years James attended the First United Methodist Church in Chelsea. He graduated from Waynesfield High School in Ohio and attended Ohio Northern University.
He was a welder, machinist and toolmaker all his life, as well as an Army veteran. He served in Hanau, Germany from 1953-1955. Jim loved antique tractors, steam engines, and stationary engines. He had a sizeable collection himself and his knowledge in this area was encyclopedic in nature. He knew most everything pertaining to all the specifics of each particular make and model.
July 25, 1953, he married Marilyn J. Cummings at New Hampshire, Ohio, and Jim was a devoted husband, caring for her as she suffered through may years of Parkinson’s disease, before she passed away on January 15, 2009.
Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer “Dawn” Line of Grass Lake; a son, Roderick (Barbara) Line of South Lyon; four grandchildren, Jared (Leslie) Wacker, Jennifer “Shevaun” (Jason) Atlee, Nathan “Nate” Line, Shannon Line; three great- grandchildren, Colin, Elizabeth “Libby”, and Bradley “Bo”; and a brother, Rex (Nevelyn) Line.
Funeral services will take place Saturday, June 30, at 1pm from Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Rev. Jeff Ford officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorial contributions may be made to the MDS Foundation, 4573 South Broad St., Suite 150, Yardville, NJ 08620.