James E. “Jim” Grugett

Lansing, Michigan

Passed away August 13, 2015, in Lansing. He was born July 24, 1933, in Louisville, KY, to Caddis and Martha (Thornhill) Grugett.

Jim was a Veteran of the United States Army, and later went on to attend the University of Miami and Mott J.C. He worked for MDOT for 34 years as a graphic artist. Jim was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, loved to golf, watch movies, and entertain us with his unique sense of humor.

Jim is survived by his children: Renee (Craig) Cullimore, Jim (Jennifer) Grugett; grandchildren: Rachel, Chase, Brianna and Bryce; a sister, Bette (Phillip) Winkelstern; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucille Grugett; and special companion, Jean Paulson.

There will be a memorial visitation held 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Friday, August 28, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church.

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Kenneth Bradford Galbraith
August 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Uncle jim you are a hoot. Visits with my Uncle Jim, Aunt Lucille and cousins Jimmy and Renee were always filled with the sound of laughter and love. I remember how full the house and yard would be with everyone and the jibber-jabber of fun loving voices. Each gathering was so active and energetic that I never wanted to leave. After a get-together, sleep was so sound and deep. The memories of those days and happy times are wonderful.

I can still hear Uncle Jim’s calming voice and see his easy going face and smile. He was my buddy. Heaven is having a wonderful get together and I wish I could see and hear it. I love you Uncle Jim. See you when I get there.



Cynthia Winkelstern Cashiola
August 14, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Uncle Jim you were truly an amazing Uncle to me . You always made me laugh with your funny jokes and that great smile and that calming voice you always had (a lot like your mother) and I will miss all of that . I know everyone in heaven is around you and you are making them all laugh ..your mother, (my grandmother Louise) , your Dad (my granddaddy) and your little sister Marsha ! Uncle Jim you are in God’s glory and in a better place and whole and well again. I miss you but you will always be in my heart, till I see you in heaven.

Donald and Jeanette Ristow
August 23, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Mrs. Ristow and I extend our deepest and sincerest sympathy to the Jim Grugett family in their bereavement. I had the privilege of working with Jim at the Estes-Leadley Funeral Home. Jim always carried out his duties in a most professional manner consistent with the expectations families over the years have placed on one of Michigan’s finest funeral homes. Compassion, care and service excellence were always first and foremost to Jim. While Jim will be sorely missed, he will not soon be forgotten.

Farewell friend,

Donald & Jeanette Ristow

Michelle Gladstone
August 24, 2015 at 7:02 pm

Jim and Renee I am so sorry about your loss. I have been on vacation and was saddened to see his room empty when I visited mom this evening. I am Glad I had the opportunity to eat dinner with him and talk about the old days at Estes. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Kristen Winkelstern
August 27, 2015 at 10:17 am

Renee & Jimmy,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your father. I have nothing but fond memories of my Uncle Jim. I will cherish the wonderful moments we all shared growing up together and spending family vacations & holidays at your childhood home. Always so much fun & laughter. He was such an awesome unassuming man with a great presence about him. Although time & distance had separated us, my memories have & will remain near & dear to my heart. My thoughts and prays to you both & your families.
Love to you,


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