James Kuiper

James Kuiper

January 11, 1934 June 26, 2019

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Obituary for James William Kuiper

James William Kuiper, formerly of Ionia, Zeeland, and Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away June 26, 2019 with his wife beside him and family close by. Beloved son of Herman and Marie; cherished husband of 59 years to Lillian; loving brother of Joan; dear father of Cinda (Randolph) Hsi, James (Lisa), Linda (Stephen) Ford, Alan, and Kevin (Rachael); and esteemed grandfather of James, David, Brian, Jason, Lisa, Daniel, Jacob, Elinore, Joshua, Amy, Christina, Tyler, and Alana. Jim was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 11, 1934, he spent his childhood on a family farm, and attended a one-room elementary school. Later Jim’s family established a grocery store in Zeeland, Michigan. He graduated from Zeeland High School as valedictorian in 1952. He then attended Hope College, followed by the University of Michigan, earning bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Math, and a Master’s of Electrical Engineering degree in 1958. There he met Lillian and they married in 1960. Jim worked in atmospheric and radio astronomy research for the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 1969. He then held several engineering positions in the Ann Arbor area, ultimately retiring from General Motors as a Senior Engineer in 1996 after 15 years of service. A 54-year member of the Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, Jim served in many ways, including sound, engineering, planning, landscaping, international ministries, and helping the homeless. He also refurbished medical equipment for developing countries. Jim was a devoted husband and father. He was curious, generous, kind, quick to serve selflessly, and had a wonderful sense of humor. He enjoyed travel, family reunions, ancestry research, tinkering, remodeling, photography, British comedy, and astronomy. He was preceded in death by an older infant brother James William, a daughter-in-law Heidi (Alan), brother-in-law Cornelius Kamper (Marcella), brother-in-law Thomas Bakker (Johanna), brother-in-law Peter Gorter (Hilda), nephew Bryan Kamper, nephew Myron Kamper, and niece Bernadette Bakker. Visitation Monday, July 1, from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor. Private interment at Fairview Cemetery. Memorial Tuesday, July 2, at 11 am at Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway, Ann Arbor. Donations in his memory are invited for Worldwide Lab Improvement, Inc., 3607 Gembrit Circle, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001. Phone (269) 323-8407, Website Photos of Jim and his loved ones:

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  • Visitation

    Monday July 1, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Nie Funeral Home Inc
    3767 W Liberty Rd
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Monday July 1, 2019
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Monday July 1, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nie Funeral Home Inc
    3767 W Liberty Rd
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Monday July 1, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Tuesday July 2, 2019 |
    Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church
    1717 Broadway
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Tuesday July 2, 2019
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    1401 Wright Street
    Ann Arbor, MI
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May God comfort you in this time of sadness and loss. May He give you wisdom as you move into this journey of grieving. We enjoyed the many years of connecting with you as we shared events in Jim n Lisa’s family. Grace and peace.
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