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“I worked with Abe at Delphi we drove fork truck together, he was one of the funniest guys I have had the pleasure of working with. I'm very sorry to...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Sara Neville - Plant City, FL

“I was saddened to hear about "Abe's" passing. I worked with him at Delphi and he was such a positive upbeat guy. One of the nicer guys I've ever...Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: Joe Nunamaker - Saginaw, MI

“well "Abraham Lincoln" you made many a family reunuion fun and memorable. I hope your at peace and enjoying a new kind of family reunion up in heaven...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: Margaret (tiny) Guilbault - MI

“Bob was a good friend and a great Soldier. He always had a positive attitude no matter how bad things were. I had the pleasure to work with MSG...Read More »
4 of 32 | Posted by: Fran Tomczuk - Indianapolis, IN

“Julie and Family~My deepest sympathy to you at this6 time. May God enfold you in His love, peace fill your hearts, words and friendships comfort you...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: Sheila Hebner - Millington, MI

“He will be missed, always positive always going. God blessed me to have had known him. ”
6 of 32 | Posted by: MSG Secker Michael (retired) - WI

“Leave a condolence or a memory. ”
7 of 32 | Posted by: Patty Bierlein - Reese, MI

“God blessed you and now watch over your family ”
8 of 32 | Posted by: Patty Bierlein - Reese, MI

“Dear Julie and Jenna; Sorry we cannot be there in person to give you a hug and hold you close, but we rejoice with you in knowing Bob is now at Peace...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Terry and Sandra Keinath - FL

“So sorry for your loss. I would always love running into him at the plant. very friendly and always made sure my truck got emptied ASAP.. One of the...Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Julie Oliver - Saginaw, MI

“Our deepest condolences to you Julie, Jenna, and family.Bob was such a nice guy and will always remember that smile! Know God and the prayers of...Read More »
11 of 32 | Posted by: Joe and Kathy Young - Ravenna, MI

“My deepest sympathy to the loved ones of Bob. Bob you fought the good fight and touched many of us, It is our turn to carry the torch. Thank-you for...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: MSG Michael Ulshafer - MI

“sorry to hear the passing of Robert L James known to me as Abe you all have my prayers ”
13 of 32 | Posted by: Purvis Carter Jr. - Saginaw, MI

“My sympathy to all his family members and friends. Had a great time with Bob when ever I saw him. Especially at the 377th Maintenance Company 86th...Read More »
14 of 32 | Posted by: Richard A Altergott - Two Rivers, WI

“Robert is a real fine man. He would see the local Boy Scout Troop and donate free Meals Ready to Eat to them. Robert seemed to love children. It is...Read More »
15 of 32 | Posted by: Christopher Empey - Millington, MI

“Dearest Bob, you were such an inspiration to so many people, there are only a select few of people like you, there werent to many times that we were...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: Lisa Crawford - union city, PA

“Leave a condolence or a memory. ”
17 of 32 | Posted by: Randy Heubner - Vinton, IA

“I have a lot of fond memories of MSG James while he was NCOIC. It always brought a smile to the detachments face when he and Cotter would pull their...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: Joshua Thomas Hart - VA

“It was an Honor to have Served and worked with you. Thoughts and prayers to your family. ”
19 of 32 | Posted by: MSG (Ret) Parker - Kimberly, WI

“Vassar has produced many heroes and we all hold each and everyone dear to our hearts . Bob was special to all of us here in Vassar in so many ways....Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Jim Cindi Atwood - Vassar, MI

“My deepest sympathies to the James family. I will keep you all on my prayers. ”
21 of 32 | Posted by: Bobby Staten - Vassar, MI

“It was truly an honor to have served with MSG James as my motor sgt while in the army. A true man of service and i have all the reapect in the world...Read More »
22 of 32 | Posted by: angel watts - bremen, OH

“Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with all of you. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to visit with Bob and all the family and say...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Ron and Belinda James - IA

“It was an Honor to have Served and worked with you. Thoughts and prayers to your family. ”
24 of 32 | Posted by: MSG Sage - PA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the James's family,I'm sorry for your loss, cousin Bob was a great guy always And we will miss him dearly. I wish I...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Tim Roth - Springcreek, PA

“Keeping you all in our thoughts with Prayers sent to the families during the loss of a beloved family member and loved one. ”
26 of 32 | Posted by: Barry, Sharon Henry and family - MI

“Thank you for all your years of service. RIP ”
27 of 32 | Posted by: Linda Stockwell - Vassar, MI

“Rest high ”
28 of 32 | Posted by: patty worth - millington, MI

“Prayers to You Julie, and to Jenna and her family. To Bobs Mom and Mother in law. To Bill and the other siblings. A big loss for all of you as family...Read More »
29 of 32 | Posted by: Penny - Vassar - Friend

“It was an honor to serve with you, MSG James. Your stories always brought a smile to my face and I still share a number of them with friends. Rest in...Read More »
30 of 32 | Posted by: Sarah (Leite) Begley - Frederick, MD

“May you rest in peace now. ”
31 of 32 | Posted by: Diana Sexton - Lincoln, IL

“I miss you Brother..... ”
32 of 32 | Posted by: Scott Berndt - Castle Rock, CO


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MSG Robert L. James, Retired, passed away on March 27, 2015 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Jamestown, New York on December 6, 1949 to Clarence and Pauline (Bishop) James. Robert served active duty with the United States Army in Vietnam, Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan, and was in the Army Reserves for over 30 years. He retired from active duty on December 6, 2009. He also worked at Saginaw Steering Gear/Delphi for over 30 years. On August 27, 1977, he married the former Julie Rupprecht and she survives him. He also leaves a daughter, Jenna (Doug) Mathews, grandchildren: Julia Low, Anthony and Ryan Mathews, his mother, Pauline James, his mother-in-law, Donna Schoenow, his brothers and sisters: Bill James, Don James, Ron (Belinda) James, Cheryl (Lynn) Childs, Pam (Mike) Carnes and Clarence "Bud" James, a sister-in-law, Audrey (Greg) Kostrezwa and her children, Kelsey and Grant, as well as his special friends and God-niece Ed and Goody Bueche and Marissa and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. Funeral service will on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Richville with burial following in St. Michael's Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church only on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and again from 2:00 p.m. until service time. Memorial contributions can be made to LCMS Armed Forces Ministry.