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November 8, 1973 - May 25, 2023

A Time of Remembrance will be held on what would have been Jason’s 50th birthday, Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, 917 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo. Friends may greet the family during that time. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Innocence Project, in c/o the funeral home.

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Jason Louis Tinklenberg, a vibrant and caring individual, passed away suddenly at the age of 49.

Born on November 8, 1973, Jason was known for his playful spirit and tender heart. Even as a child, he showed resilience and determination, evident when he broke his leg at the age of two but managed to scoot around the house in a full body cast, refusing to let anything hold him back.

Jason had a natural talent for problem-solving, which he demonstrated at a young age by fixing his grandma’s broken door using just a toothpick when he was eight years old.

Family was important to Jason and he loved his brothers, taking the time to help when he could; such as teaching his brother Paul to color in the lines when he was just a toddler.

Jason liked to draw and was a gifted artist. He sketched original characters for stories he’d come up with and draw from observation.

After overcoming many obstacles, Jason was finally able to complete his G.E.D. When he put his mind to things, Jason could accomplish anything.

Jason’s skills as a contractor were exceptional, and he generously used them to assist others with their projects. If you gave him a hammer, he’d build you a home.

Jason remained true to himself, never conforming to societal expectations. He cherished the genuine connections he formed with his friends, remaining loyal to them throughout his life.

In Jason’s presence, life was full of warmth and captivating stories. However, it is his sincere and warm smile that will be dearly missed, a reflection of the joy and love he brought to those around him.

Jason is preceded in death by his father Mike Evans and his stepdad Jeff Danhauser.

Jason is survived by his “ma” Carol Danhauser, Siblings Paul (Lindsey) and Derek (Vicky) Danhauser, three nieces Lainey, Willa, and Lorelai. Jason also leaves behind an extended family of grandmas, aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, and many close friends.