James W. Hooker Jr.

James William Hooker Jr. was born on May 26, 1944 to Mary (Brown-Todd) and James Hooker Sr. in Cadillac Michigan.  He lived in the Jennings and Lake City area until his death on April 3, 2017 after a year’s struggle with ALS.
Jim married the love of his life Sandra Rosted on February 4, 1967.  They enjoyed 50 years together. During that time, together they enjoyed travel and their home in Lake City with their best four-legged friend, Beanie.  Jim was a proud member of the Operating Engineers Local 324. He and Sandy traveled throughout the country on many pipe line jobs. Jim began his career as a laborer moving on to a heavy equipment operator and finally to a business representative for his union. After 30 years with the pipe line, he retired. For many years he enjoyed hunting and fishing and in his later years enjoyed watching all of nature.
Jim was a very giving man who lived each day to the fullest. He had a great faith and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed help.  He will be greatly missed by his wife Sandy, mother Mary Todd, Mother-in law Bertha Rosted brother Raymond (Mary) Hooker Sr. of Jennings, his sister Judith (Patrick) Herringa of Cadillac, sister-in-law Kathy Rosted of Manton, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father and sisters Alta Croton and Barbara Johnston, father-in-law Frank Rosted, brothers-in-law Toivo Rosted and Robert Croton.
Jim would like to extend a special thank you to Kathy, Kellie and Karie who made an extra effort to include him in their lives. To Maggie, a four legged friend, for the comfort she provided to him during his final days. To Samaritas and Hopsice of Michigan staff members who helped him during his final day. It was Jims wishes to be cremated and a private burial service will take place at the Oak Grove Cemetery at Jennings. The Burkholder Family Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements and thoughts and prayers may be left at
Jim would appreciate any donations be made in his memory to the Missaukee Humane Society or Hospice of Michigan.

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Patti Hammond

To each and every one of you my heart goes out to you. I always thought the world of Jim . May God bless you always my friend. Just know that his pain is gone and he is in a better place with our heavenly father and family and friends. May God comfort each and every one of you through this time of need. Love you all.

Mignon Klaviter-Alworden

Many happy memories going back to when we were kids in Jennings, even the one-room schoolhouse that we went to for a few years. He will be missed by all who knew him. Special thoughts to family and friends.

Melvin and Barbara Cameron

Sandy, we are so sorry for your loss of Jim. He was a wonderful man. Melvin worked along side of Jim on the pipeline for many years and they always stayed in contact when they retired. Sorry you both had to go through so much suffering. He is now in the arms of God. RIP Jim.

cindy&paul johnson

so sorry to hear of your loss of jim you are in our thoughts and prayers. rip jim

Chum and Ruth Utterback

Sandy, our prayers and thoughts to you and your family. What a caring man and fellow pipeliner. He will be missed by many who knew him. God has him walking with him now.

Linda & Bertie Hooker

So sorry for your loss Sandy and family, many great memories of Jim keep us going at this time of sorrow.

Margo Jacobs

Sandy, I am so thankful for the chance to get to know you & Jim. You two were so blessed! I loved the stories you & Jim shared with me & I was so honored by Jim's recall of the loss of my twin brother, Mark. You did a beautiful job honoring Jim with his obituary! He will forever be by your side, beautiful lady! Margo/Hospice of Michigan

Joyce (Oakley) Kelley

Thoughts & prayers to Sandy & family of Jimmy (That's what we called him back in the day)So sorry to hear of his passing! May God be with the family in these trying times.

Cameron Williams and family

We are all so very sad to learn of Jim's passing. He was such a wonderful and friendly person. My dad always enjoyed seeing him during hunting season up there and all of us have such good memories of our times there.

Debbie Elliott

I am so sorry for your loss. Jim and my husband Don worked together many years on the pipeline. When Don was in the nursing home the last few months Jim came to see him and to his funeral and wrote me a very nice letter of how he enjoyed Don. I know they are talking about that pipeline again with Ted Williams and having a good time. May your heart be filled with memories of Jim.

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