James Trinklein

Sterling, Michigan
December 9, 1945 - November 4, 2018


A visitation for Mr. Trinklein will take place on Wednesday November 7, 2018 from 4-8 PM at the Tawas City Chapel of Buresh Funeral Homes; and on Thursday November 8, 2018 from 11 AM to 8PM.

Service Location

Tawas City Chapel of Buresh Funeral Homes


The funeral will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11AM

Obituary Notice

James E. Trinklein, age 72, of Sterling, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw on Sunday, November 4, 2018. He was born on December 9, 1945 in Saginaw, MI to the late Leonard and Lois Hepinstall Trinklein. Jim graduated from Tawas Area High School class of 1964, and Jim worked for 30 years for Saginaw Steering Gear Plant 2. Jim was the founder and president for 29 years of the Michigan Association of Gamebird Breeders and Hunting Preserves. Jim loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. Jim married his wife Terri on July 3, 1965.

James is survived by his wife, Terri Trinklein; his children, Jim (Peggy) Trinklein of Tawas, and Michael (Jessica) Trinklein of Beaverton; his grandchildren, Jordan Trinklein of Bay City, Alexcis Trinklein of Beaverton, Jessica Ranes of Gladwin, and Hannah Trinklein of Tawas; his step granddaughter Katie (Miller) Padgett; brother in laws Dale Bahr of East Tawas, and Charles Hill of Katy, TX; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Roland and Keith Trinklein; his sister, Nila Bahr, and several aunts, uncles, and nieces and nephews.

A visitation for Mr. Trinklein will take place on Wednesday November 7, 2018 from 4-8 PM at the Tawas City Chapel of Buresh Funeral Homes; and on Thursday November 8, 2018 from 11 AM to 8PM. The funeral will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11AM with Pastor Rob Nordin officiating. A committal service will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 2PM at Roselawn Cemetery in Saginaw, MI. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


Roselawn Cemetery in Saginaw


Terri, I am so sorry to hear that Jim passed away, thinking of you.
— Sheri Williams
my deepest condolences to the entire family
— Frank Mahon
My beloved uncle Jim. I remember all the times I would sneak up on him and give him a kiss. I always told him if he didn’t behave I would chase him around the house and kisss him. I miss him dearly
— Martha Wood
Sending my condolences to Jim's family,,,always a good guy
— Dennis Whitford
My son Jordan is Jim & Terri's first grandchild. Jim retired early enough that he could spend lots of time playing with Jordan from day one. I am very thankful that Jim & Terri was a constant presence in Jordan's life. Jim & Terri would take Jordan fishing, sit out in the woods with him & they exposed Jordan to the world of Gamebird Breeders & Hunting Preserves. If it wasn't for Jim, Jordan would have never gone rabbit hunting or any other small game. I can still see Jim's face beaming with pride and excitement when Jordan got his monster buck out on their property, like a little kid on Christmas morning that got his train set. Jim very much enjoyed watching Jordan grow up from day one. When Jordan was just a baby, Jim would look at Jordan in his bouncer and ask him, Why can't you eat chicken yet and laugh... Jim could get Jordan laughing so hard. Jim was more of a father figure to Jordan with the grandpa wisdom and spunk. I know Jim has taught Jordan alot throughout the years from the rules of firing a gun, raising hunting dogs, hunting and even his corny jokes. Jim will be missed more than words can say but his spirit will walk amongst his loved ones guiding them. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal but Love leaves memories no one can steal.
My thoughts & prayers are with the family.
— Malissa M.
We are both so sorry to hear about Jim, our prayers and thoughts are with you.
— Anna and Bob Busch
Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our condolences and prayers are with the entire Trinklein family during this difficult time.
— The Jack and Aletha White Family
With our deepest sympathy.. Uncle Jim you will be missed. We may not have seen each other a lot. But you were always in our thoughts. God had seen the struggles you were having & decided it was time for you to be pain free.. (P.S. Mark & I will always remember the crackers you put in our bed)
— Bonnie & Mark Todd
So sorry to hear of Jim passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family...
— Deborah A Smith
So sorry to hear about your loss. Jim was always fun to be around, especially at hunting season. God bless.
— Gary Mallon
My condolences to your family. My late husband Pat McNally worked with Jim at plant 2. We got a few pheasants from him after retirement. He was a great guy.
— Barbara McNally
Terry and Family – I was sorry to hear of germs of Jim’s death. I know that we only know each other through Facebook but I do remember the Trinklein family. My prayers are with you
— Sharon Kendall Heenan
I always enjoyed talking with Jim about game bird breeders and hunting preserves in Michigan. He was easy to talk to and passionate about hunting and the outdoors. With his leadership the game bird breeders and hunting preserves have much to thank him and Teri for. He will be missed.
— David Frazer
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a dedicated and determined leader in moving the Gamebird association forward in the tough times and many challenges its many members faced. Jim always had great insight into the various issues of hunting clubs and gamebird management and was our go-to man if a member or anyone needed some answers or just a friendly chat.We are forever indebted to Jim and his leadership...from all THANK YOU and farewell.
— Jim Rypkema
So very sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He will be greatly missed by all of us that knew him.It was through Jim's leadership of the Michigan Association of game bird breeders and hunting preserves that moved the industry forward in tough times and many challenges faced by all of its members. You could always count on Jim to guide the members in the right direction in their times of need and do it with a sense of humor. The game bird Association will always be indebted to Jim for his unwavering service and Leadership .He will surely be missed and to him we owe a big thank you and farewell.
— Jim Rypkema
Prayers to your family. Jim was a very nice man. He will be missed.
— Casey Reitz
Terri, I am sorry to hear of your husbands death. I knew of the Trinkleins and remember Jim a little from school.I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
— Sharon Kendall-Heenan
So sorry to see Dawn's Uncle Jim passed away. My condolences to your family.
— Nancy Saaranen
Terry and Family- my deepest sympathies to all. Jim was a great advocate for our industry. His honestly and persistence in Lansing made him as effective as any lobbyist to set foot in that town. We were very fortunate to have he and Terry represent us all of those years.
— Charles Mann
I was not fortunate to know Jim closely, however knowing those who did through MAGBHP made it clear that he is a very well liked and respected man. Prayers to family and friends in your time of loss. Godspeed
— Scott Brosier
Terri and Family,

It is with a heavy heart that I read about Jim's passing today.

Jim Rypkema already said it so well ... but I will share from my point of view as a fellow preserve owner.

I first contacted Jim and Terri (MAGBHP) when trying to start our Gamebird Preserve in 2004. Jim always openly shared his wealth of knowledge with others ... and with a smile. His lifetime experiences of the preserve industry helped us get started in the Gamebird Preserve business. We could NOT have done it without his help! The legal battles kept putting up roadblocks with our township and the required licensing requirements were a total nightmare. Jim generously offered the many referrals needed to get us through the battle for many months. You both were always there to help support the members.

Terri, you were always just as involved and stood right by his side as an effective teammate. I cannot thank you both enough for your many years of loyal service to all of the MAGBHP members. You both will never be forgotten. God Bless You!

Although Jim and Terri both retired this summer and passed on the baton for their positions, they both started and managed the wonderful non-profit association (MAGBHP) for decades. Their passion and generosity has helped countless Michigan bird hunters for decades in so many unspoken ways. It was and will forever be a personal BLESSING and HONOR to have known both Jim and Terri. Jim was always passionate and unselfishly willing to share his priceless knowledge with others ... and he will be GREATLY missed. I can still hear his hearty and wonderful laugh now ... and I smile ...

Sending warm thoughts and prayers to Terri and the family at this very difficult time.


Vicki and Bill Murdock
— Vicki Murdock
Our condolences on Jim’s passing. Elkhorn Farms & Hatchery
— Peg & Sam Ballou

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