Born February 7, 1948, in Fresno, CA, son of the late George and Charlene (Kelly) Firos, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at age 69.
Jim attended WMU and received his Bachelor’s in Political Science from MSU. He served in the US Air Force during Vietnam and retired from the United States Postal Service (USPS) following 32 years of service, where he also served as a Union Representative and former President of the Union. Jim was an active member of both Sycamore Creek Church and University United Methodist Church. He mentored youth as a counselor for 23 years at Crystal Springs United Methodist Camp. He was the director of his church basketball league for over 20 years, and he was a softball pitching coach. Jim was a member of both the Kiwanis Club and the Lions Club and for many years was a guest speaker/professor at CMU. A big part of Jim’s life was his grandchildren. He loved camping, fishing, helping them with school, and just simply being with them. It was important to Jim to take a major role in their lives, which made him a very proud grandpa.
Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Karen (Beckett) Firos; their children, Jennifer Wilzer and Jacqueline (Simon) Samara; 5 grandchildren, Caitlyn, Nathan, David, Grace, and Moussa; brother, George (Marie) Firos; sisters, Margaret Robbins and Char Firos; brother-in-law, Matthew (Gerry) Beckett and his family; nieces and nephews, Mike (Tara) Firos, Katie (Chad) Bultema, Alicia (Chad) Decheney, Greg (Chevonne) Robbins, and Mark (Emily) Robbins along with many other extended family members. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his father and mother-in-law, Earl (Marian) Beckett.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing. The family will receive friends at the University United Methodist Church on Friday, July 28th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and again on Saturday for one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Crystal Springs United Methodist Camp, Sycamore Creek Church, or to his youth basketball league c/o Jacqueline Samara at 1155 Hillgate Way, Lansing, MI 48912. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.