James "Jim" R. Cates

September 1, 1934 - September 3, 2012



Obituary Notice

James “Jim” R. Cates
Whittemore, Michigan

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.


Hey Krista,I'm so sorry for your loss this year - and I ralley hope that your Mom is doing okay.I lost my Grandma last Summer and it was ralley hard on everyone. She lived in Nebraska and so my Dad was basically sadly living there (he lives in Oregon) all summer with the stress of working from afar and dealing with his ailing mother. By the time I went to see her, she was a fragment of who she used to be and I had to try very hard to not cry when I was in her presence. It was very sad and remains so, I still feel bad about it.Like you, I also took note of people who didn't think to call or care during that time. I think in some cases these people just ralley had no clue what was going on and honestly, I imagnie there are times when I was COMPLETELY oblivious to others' strife and that makes me feel bad. Some people in your case fit into this niche.And then there's those who ralley just don't care and or think to reach out but know they shoudl. Those are the ones you either confront for understanding or let go. It is hard.Either way, I'm happy to see you back and glad that you feel better to talk again and begin 2012 on a good foot. I think that Blogging is a nice way to let the world go.. i.e. write a post about stupid high-heels when you spent all day crying. Just a nice little escape.Wishing you well and hoping to read more from you soon.
— Auth
I knew Jim and spent a lot of time with him where he had a trailer on a lot near Whittemore in the 70’s. Had a lot of good times and still remember a lot of them.
I was the snowmobile mechanic at a place called the Cat Shack and used to work on his Arctic Cat snowmobile. I still have a gun I bought from him when he had the shop in Deerborn.
Sorry to hear about his passing. I remember him fondly. I knew his friends that came with him on weekends also, Joe Kulock was one
— Dale Dishaw

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