James H. Hough, Jr.

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Born March 30, 1932, in Trout Lake, Michigan, son of the late James and Myrle (Schultz) Hough, Sr. passed away Monday, October 9, 2017, at age 85.

Surviving are his two children, Linda Hough Redding and Steven James Hough; grandchildren, Caitlin Neve (James Woodfork) Cornell, Colin Robert Cornell, Daniel Paul (Allie) Hough, David James Hough, Ellen Rebecca Hough; great-grandson, Colin James Cornell-Woodfork; siblings, Marlene Hough Gatewood, Don Hough, Joyce (H. Charles) Hough Bandy along with many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.  James was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Darl Neve Yund Hough in 2014.

Following his retirement from the Lansing State Journal James moved to Paradise, Michigan, and spent many wonderful years there.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, October 19th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions, in memory of Jim, to Sparrow Home Hospice or the Old Newsboys Association.

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Kathleen Marie Martell
October 9, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Just learned of Jim’s passing and I can’t tell you how sorry I am to here of it. We met quite by accident at Meijer and would like to think developed a friendship due both of our love for the U.P., particulary for Trout Lake. I will miss our talks and hugs.

Carol Ingells
October 11, 2017 at 7:02 pm

I am so sorry over the passing of a good and generous man, Jim Hough. He was so much a part of my late husband, Norris’s, life and was instrumental in getting Norris admitted to the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame. Norris had endless stories to tell about Jim and Darl and all the practical jokes and things they shared over the years. I remember particularly one story where Jim arrived at the State Journal on a very snowy day, stomped the snow off his boots, and said something about “14 inches of partly cloudy.” What a funny and unique man! He made great contributions to this world. May he fly free forever!

Ted Pick
October 11, 2017 at 8:45 pm

Linda & Steve,
Your father meant a lot to me (Ma too).
I smile back on the times we hung at your place growing up because your parents were cool.
Steve, when you were in Colorado, I would go over and have a beer with “Claude” on the “Prehistoric Porch” and talk about the Tigers and other things.
Your Dad will be missed, I am so happy I got to grow up with Jim touching my life.
I wish I could be there for the Memorial Service, unfortunately I can’t, so I send my Love and deepest sympathy to you two and your families.

Sabrina A VanDyke
October 13, 2017 at 9:36 am

Steve and Ellen I am so very sorry for your loss. May the Lord grant you comfort and Peace in your time of grief..

Love you

Neal Miller
October 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Did you every hear the story about the fire that destroyed Gil Maienknecht’s hat? I wasn’t a participant, but I can confirm Jim was. It happened outside the old Central Michigan College Sheep Sheds where Central Michigan LIFE and Gil’s CMC Information Services offices were located back in the 1950s. Jim loved telling the story and story telling was Jim’s strong suit. It’s one of the attributes that made Jim great. Jim was my sponsor to Central Michigan University’s Journalism Hall of Fame and forever will be a friend. We worked together on LIFE and during my stint at the Lansing State Journal. No doubt he already is putting a sheet of paper in his typewriter, preparing his next column from his new seat, much higher than his “View from the Top”.

Jim Wojcik
October 14, 2017 at 1:40 am

On two peninsulas, Michigan has lost a wonderful person who cared more about others, who never let personal adversity slow his passion, who was the ultimate professional and who always made people around him feel good. Jim Hough, thank you for the positive impact you have had on so many people. RIP

Danna Harag
October 19, 2017 at 1:22 am

So sorry to hear of cousin Jim’s passing. I remember reading the On Looker column when I was younger. We were always very proud of him. Mom was very fond of her cousin Jim. Love & prayers to all the Houghs,

Danna (Dalimonte) Harag

Todd and Janice Butler
October 19, 2017 at 7:40 am

Our love and prayers are with you all. May the peace of Christ be your comfort during this time. Love, Todd, Janice, Angel and Christian Butler

Ray and Jackie Kuhl
October 23, 2017 at 1:11 pm

With apologies for being tardy with this message (we have been moving from Florida to Minnesota) we want to express our heartfelt sympathies to the passing of a dear friend and compatriot.
We will certainly miss him and especially when I read the Michigan Country Lines magazine where he always made our readers feel “Right At Home”.

Deb Huxtable
November 5, 2017 at 11:37 am

I met Jim during the time my parents lived at Independence Village. They moved there to be closer to my husband and me, as my mother was struggling with dementia. Jim became acquainted with them and reached out to me. We talked at length on the phone one night. Jim shared a lot about his own life and offered valuable insight and ideas to me in seeing my parents through that time in their lives. He was very empathetic and supportive, at a time when I needed and appreciated it so much. I will never forget that conversation. Jim was also a supportive friend to my father during their time at Independence Village and after my mother’s passing. Wishing comfort and peace to Jim’s children and family.

M. Robert Carr
March 18, 2018 at 9:12 am

Going through a box of old memorabilia from my service in the U.S. Congress, I came across Jim’s Lansing State Journal business card. Like we (or at least most of us) do these days, I Googled Jim’s name and came across this site. My memory of him is now fuzzy, but I honor his service to the profession of journalism and hence to the very life of democracy itself. Permit me an editorial comment. We are frequently and justifiably called to honor those who serve in uniform, but often forget those who serve democracy in the less visible corners of society. In this regard, think diplomats and journalists. Thus, I honor the memory of Jim, no matter how fuzzy that memory may be. He was a fine journalist.


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