James M. Heyden

Age 48, of Lansing, MI, passed away March 2, 2016. He was born April 28, 1967, in Kalamazoo, MI, and was lovingly adopted by James V. and Patricia Heyden.

James worked at Walmart for 20 years. He spent a lot of time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and of course grilling. He enjoyed watching MSU basketball games, but he especially loved being a proud father and grandpa.

He is survived by his daughter, Jessica (Walter B. Hill Jr.) Heyden; grandson, Walter B. Hill III, brother, Timothy Heyden; sister, Theresa (Larry) Laba; father, James V. Heyden; 2 nieces; and close friend, Rosa Reyes. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia, and sister Jamie.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3815 S. Cedar St., Lansing. The Rite of Committal will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.EstesLeadley.com

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Fred Tabor
March 4, 2016 at 10:02 am

So sorry for your loss Chief. I remember fishing with you and James, and I know you do too! He was a good man.

Howard and Angie Clevenger
March 4, 2016 at 10:31 am


We are so sorry to hear of James passing. We are sorry we can’t be there as we are in Florida. God bless you and your family and know that our thoughts are with you.

Tom Fedewa
March 4, 2016 at 11:29 am

Jim, have just left you an e-mail. Yes, “we will find a way” as you recently told me when Helene, my wife died. And now we also share the death of two children. It sure is comforting to know that “life is not ended; but merely changed!” God love you, Jim and your family.

Victoria Moeggenberg Curtiss
March 4, 2016 at 8:20 pm

My sincerest sympathies to the Heyden family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Betty Gies
March 5, 2016 at 6:03 pm

So sorry. Such a shock. I will always remember him as a young kid growing up in the neighborhood. My prayers are with you and your family.

Jeane Ann (Williams) Cardwell
March 6, 2016 at 9:32 am

Mr. Heyden, I am so sorry about the loss of your son. I know it was not too long ago you lost your wife too. I worked as a pediatric nurse at Sparrow hospital when your daughter Jaimie was ill. She was a special patient to me and I remember her well.
I have often thought about you and your family over the years, especially when I visit St. Joes Cemetary where my family rest and drive by Jamie’s plot. I believe you went t school with my brother Dick.
My sincere sympathy to you and your family at this most difficult time.

Shaundee Barbour
March 6, 2016 at 2:11 pm

My heart is heavy and so burdened with this news . Jim was my very first best friend .. as cousins should be . I’m so troubled but I know God has perfect timing and would not call him too early for no good reason . I loved him so much . As I do you and Theresa and Tim and of course aunt pat. . Please call on me anytime . I will see you soon . Prayers for peace and blessings . I love you

Julie Foltz Miller
March 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Jim and family, We are so sorry to hear of yet another significant loss to your family. May God rap his loving arms around all of you and give you strength during your time of loss and afterward as you move forward to live life without your loved ones. James may you RIP in God’s loving arms.

Vicki Nichols
March 7, 2016 at 9:54 am

To Jessica and family, I am so sorry for your loss, Jim was such a great guy and loved you and Tres to the moon and back. He will be missed by so many. God bless you and help you in this time of grief.

March 7, 2016 at 10:25 am

so sorry to hear about your Father. Love you Jessica and walter

auntie jennifer patrick
March 7, 2016 at 12:10 pm

you have my deepest sympathy Jessica and Walter need anything just call me. love you all. Your Great Auntie .

Mr Mrs David patrick and family
March 7, 2016 at 3:36 pm

So sorry for your Loss. You have my deepest sympathy.

Benjamin & Jamie Reynolds
March 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm

James was a true mentor to the both of us in our time at Wal-Mart. He was a strong and caring friend and will be missed but never forgotten. Our sympathy to the family and all who had the privilege to know James.

Craig Gleason
March 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You just lost Pat and now a son. I can’t even imagine what you are feeling right now. May God be with you.

David faiver
March 8, 2016 at 7:31 pm

Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers, I worked with Jim for years and feel blessed to have known him and called him a friend

Joe cooper
March 8, 2016 at 8:49 pm

Jim, the nicest guy you could meet. When I think of Jim, I think of the friendship he had with with his every season friend. Hang in there old friend.


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