Jim H. Aikens, 68, of Orleans, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2022, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born on June 1, 1953, in Ionia, the son of Gerald and Ruby (Mincks) Aikens. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who treasured any time spent with family. He enjoyed camping at Nature’s Chain of Lakes Campground for over 20 years, making many special friends there, and teaching his children and grandchildren how to fish, hunt, and live life. He enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino, and was always ready for a good gamble, whether at cards, lotto tickets, or pull-tabs. He could always be found looking for buried treasures with his metal detector but knew his true treasures were the countless people involved in his life. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Jim was married to Lee Ann Whitelock on December 9, 1972, in Ionia. James is loved and survived by his wife Lee Ann, and their children; Tracy (Scott) Hull of Orleans, and Missy (Chris) Conley, of Greenville, son in law Craig Walch, of Orleans, grandchildren, Jami (Derrick) Nolette, Nicole (Taylor) Urban, Krista Hull, Michael (Tiffany) Taylor, Kelsey (Max) Stormzand, Calib Taylor, Cody Conley, Brianna Conley, Corey (Jordan) Walch, Kiley Walch, Katelynn Walch, Kayla Walch, Courtney Walch, Kailey Walch, Karley Walch, and Kinley Walch, great grandchildren, Reein, Ryalee, Charlotte, Raelynn, Reese, Landon, Liam, Lakelynd, Joselyn, Savannah, Grey, Mila, Carter, and his best dog friend and sidekick Star. Jim is also survived by his siblings, Karen, Matt, Freeman, and Quentin, sister-in-law and brother in law, Susan (Randy) McCoy, sister in law Diane Whitelock and several nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Angie, his in-laws, George and Phyllis Whitelock, and his brother-in-law Tom Whitelock.
In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the VFW in Belding, from 1-4 PM. Memorials may be given to the family. Envelopes will be available at the VFW and Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding, where cremation services have been entrusted.
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