James "Jim" R. Cates
September 1, 1934 - September 3, 2012
James “Jim” R. Cates
James “Jim” R. Cates of Whittemore, Michigan age 78 passed away Monday, September 3, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Saginaw, Michigan.
Jim served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Strong. He would proudly tell people how he sailed around the world twice in defense of his country. After his discharge from the military, he worked for the Detroit railroad line for many years until his retirement. After his retirement from the railroad, he opened a gun shop in Dearborn, Michigan. In 1976, he moved to Whittemore. He enjoyed hunting, photography, and guns. He worked part time in sales for Grabow Distributing and for the Forestry Service Department. He was elected as County Commissioner, and was a member of the Whittemore Chamber of Commerce, 4H, Whittemore Masonic Lodge 471, V.F.W. Post 7435, and Eagles.
He is survived by many cousins in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Per request cremation has taken place. Arrangements were made by the Buresh Funeral Homes, Inc., 121 S. Washington, Hale, Michigan. In honor of Jim, donations may be made to the Whittemore Chamber of Commerce, local veteran organizations, or Whittemore Masonic Lodge 471.
Whittemore Chamber of Commerce
local veteran organizations or
Whittemore Masonic Lodge 471.