James D. "Jim" Judge

Age 80, of Mason, beloved husband, father and grandfather, went to be with his Lord on Friday, March 25, 2011.

Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, from 1948 to 1952, aboard the USS Roanoke CL-145.  He told many stories of his shipmates and their adventures overseas.  He was member of the USS Roanoke CL-145 Association and the US Navy Cruisers Association.  He retired in April 1994, from the State of Michigan, with over 35 years of service.  He was also a member of Eaton Rapids Oddfellow Lodge #114, Grand River Valley Encampment #31 of Eaton Rapids, East Lansing Lodge #480 F&AM and Okemos Chapter #267 OES.  Jim loved all of the natural beauty created by his Lord.  He was the most happy when he was able to enjoy his time with family and dear friends “under the canopy of life.”  Most especially he enjoyed soaring with the magnificent birds that were his lifelong passion.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Barbara; a daughter and son-in-law, JaneMarie and Mark Andrew Butler (Holt, Michigan), 2 grandsons, Dennis James (DJ) and Mark Andrew II (Ionia, Michigan); a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Beverly Croy (Omaha, Nebraska); a sister-in-law, Janice Croy (Laingsburg, Michigan); and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, March 28, 2011, at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home for 1 hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who desire to make a contribution to the Oddfellow and Rebekah Camp for Campships (scholarship fund), c/o: Kathy Shary, secretary, Rebekah Assembly of Michigan, 405 Walnut Drive, South Lyon, MI 48178, or to a charity of your choice.

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Cindy Rideout
March 26, 2011 at 9:39 am

Barb, I am so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing and please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

March 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jim will be missed by all. Love from Carl and Connie in Texas.

Jenni Snider
March 26, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Barb and Jane….Thoughts and prayers to you both….many happy, shared memories.


Jenni Snider
March 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Barb and Jane…thoughts and prayers to you both….thanks for the shared, happymemories.

Mary Jean Traver
March 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you and
the family.

Evie Hughes
March 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

Sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family. Evie

Rick and Kim Hawkins and Family
March 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

Sister Barb, we are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, please know that you and your family are in our prayers.

Doug and Pat Wilson
March 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you . As we will not be able to attend the funeral be assured we are thinking of you at this time.

March 27, 2011 at 10:41 am

On behalf of my members in District 10, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Michigan. I send my prayers and condolences to the family. In this time of sorrow no words can describe your loss other than to say he’s in the hands of our lord and in a better place to promote our belief’s of Friendship, Love and Truth.

Mark A. Butler
March 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Dad, Be safe on your journeys as you soar above us and most of all check in on all of from time to time. I love you so very much your son Mark

March 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Grandpa, I miss you because i love you so much. I wish you were still here. love Dennis DJ

Mark A. Butler
March 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Dad, be safe as you take the many journeys that are coming your way. Most of all while you soar above us make sure look in on me from time to time to make sure I am still taking of our family. I love you so very much your Mark

Lady Mae Haussler
March 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Lady Barbara, On behalf of the International Association Ladies Auxiliaries Patriarchs Militant, we offer our heartfelt Sympathies, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Roseann and Harless Turner
March 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Lady Barbara,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved husband, Jim. Our thoughts and prayer are with you and the family.
Fraternal Love, Roseann & Harless

Betty Blair
March 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Barb, Please accept my condolences. Let the good memories of your life together sustain you in your life ahead.
I will be thinking of you tomorrow.
God Bless you and your family.

De Davis
March 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Barbara: My love to you as you are with Jim tomorrow – May memories sustain you in the days to come – Think of the GOOD times and laughs……wish I could be there but just not possible at this time…..De Davis

Irvin & Betty Smith
March 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow all the way from Arizona. We know that it is a very sad time for you and the family but all the memories you have through the years will help get you through.

Kathryn Bellmore
March 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Remember the good times and the wonderful memories you had.
No one can take that away from you

Katie Burns
March 28, 2011 at 9:01 am

Barbara and family: I am so sorry about your loss of a beloved husband, father and grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care and God Bless. Sis. Katie

Trudy Persky
March 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

Barb: I sorry I can not attend, but ny thoughts and prayers are you and your family! This is a very hard time for you and just remeber all the good things that has happened over the years. I wish I could be there for you…

Trudy Persky
March 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

Barb: MY thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Dave Burns
March 28, 2011 at 11:36 am

Barbara, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones through this time of sorrow. On behalf on the Grand Lodge of Michigan, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, please know that we are all truly sorry to lose a true and loyal Brother. God bless you all.

sam and bonnie fenton
March 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Barbara We are so sorry to hear of your loss . Our thoughts and prayes are with you God be with you and give you strenght.

BettyJean & Jack Reasoner
March 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Dear Barbara and Family, We are sad to hear this news and we want you to know you are in our Prayers and thoughts. God Bless and be well. Love and Prayers, BettyJean & Jack

Ann Whittle
March 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Sorry to hear of your loss. Hope all is well with you. God bless.

Bill Botti, Eaton Rapids
March 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

In about 1968, when I was a young forester with the Department of Natural Resources at Newberry, I met two men in a small pickup on a narrow road as I was heading home for the day. The driver rolled down his window as I drew alongside and asked whether I had seen any hawk nests. As it turned out, I had and he talked me into going back and showing him where it was. Of course, the driver was Jim Judge.
He was amazing — climbing a tree adjacent to the nest (to avoid leaving a scent trail on the tree trunk) and swinging on a rope into the nest tree. I kept records of nests for him and looked forward to his visits. We lost contact when DNR moved me from Newberry; I always thought I’d look him up in Lansing, but waited too long.
My condolences to family and friends he was one of a kind.


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