Jim graduated from Detroit Catholic Central High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and his master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. He retired as a statistician from the Department of Community Health with the State of Michigan. Jim was an avid golfer and he loved to follow the Detroit Tigers, MSU and U of M. He also had a keen interest in genealogy research.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Joyce Lock (married November 15, 1975, in Detroit); daughter, Jessica (Aaron Lundy) Snelling; grandson, Hudson James Snelling; brother, David Lock of Grand Island, FL; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bob Telfer, Rosanne (Jim) Klunzinger and Susan Heber; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Denise Clemens.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow, Lansing. Interment will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Literacy Coalition, 1028 E. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48906.