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September 6, 1946 - November 13, 2020

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and no service will occur. Memorial donations may be made to Animal Rescue Project, 219 Peekstok, Kalamazoo, MI 49001, in honor of his beloved adopted cats and family’s volunteerism.

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James “Jim” Neil Ferguson unexpectedly passed Friday, November 13th, 2020, from pneumonia and Covid-19.  He was born on September 6, 1946, the son of Lester (George) and Minerva (Mae) Ferguson of Battle Creek and brother of the late Georgia Sullivan and Gene Ferguson.  He was a 1964 Lakeview HS, Battle Creek, graduate.  He was drafted into the US Airforce September 1964 and served four years, two of which were overseas as a machinist.  He was a tool and die maker at General Motors and retired after 35 years, the majority of which were at the Fisher Body, Comstock, plant and several years in Marion, IN.  He is survived by his wife Jane (Vidich) Ferguson of 32 years, WMU retiree; daughter Courtney James (with first wife, Karolynn Ferguson); son-in-law, Will; and granddaughter, Amelia.  For decades, Jim was an avid league bowler at Continental Lanes, earning a 300-game ring, and traveling to tournaments throughout the country.  He enjoyed his golf leagues and golf trips with friends including the annual Father’s Day long-weekend to various Michigan golf courses which allowed him to increase his golf ball collection.  Jim was always looking for a woodworking project and had talents ranging from making jewelry boxes to a four-seasons room on his house.  He was proud of any treasure he made for his granddaughter including – doll furniture, child’s sleigh, rocking horse, artist’s easel, and more.  He was a wealth of knowledge in world history and enjoyed cooking new recipes, going to classic car shows, collecting antique glassware, watching sports, reading, doing crossword and table-top puzzles, and traveling the world with his wife.  They visited 47 states in their quest to see all 50 and took many cruises including Alaska, Hawaii, Mediterranean, and Caribbean.