James Bachteal

James Aaron "Jim" Bachteal

Friday, August 11th, 1961 - Monday, October 12th, 2020
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James A. “Jim” Bachteal, 59, of Stevensville, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Monday, October 12, 2020. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 3 PM until 5 PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society in South Bend. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Jim was born on August 11, 1961, to Arthur & Marilyn (Miller) Bachteal, in Benton Harbor. He graduated from Bridgman High School and continued his education at Grand Valley State University. For 28 years, Jim worked at Cook Nuclear Plant as a Radiation Protection Technician, retiring in 2018. In all aspects of his life, Jim was a provider for his family, friends and loved ones. He was proud to be a Harris softball coach for his daughter and of his many flowers in his greenhouses, each bringing him great joy. Gardening, hunting and trapping were his passions, and reminiscing about sports glory days. Jim was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He was an incredible man, father and brother who was always willing to lend an ear or helping hand. He will be missed by all who were blessed to know him.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Olivia Bachteal of Philadelphia, PA; brothers, Jon (Lora) Bachteal of St. Joseph and Chuck Jaymes of Parkersburg, WV; niece, Hannah; nephews, Charles “Chaz” and Connor; and former wife, Angela Bachteal. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Marilyn.
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    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Out of respect for the family and guests in attendance masks and proper social distancing will be required. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society in South Bend.


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Michael Dallas

Posted at 05:44am
Jim was a good friend. He will be missed. I am certain he was a great father sharing many important things about life with his daughter. Rest in peace my friend.

Steve Mims

Posted at 05:25am
Sis, Olivia and Jonny, so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege to work with Jim and even work out with him over the years. What a great guy!!! Sure will miss him. Thoughts and prayers with all of you. Steve Mims

Scott Braddock

Posted at 09:42pm
Jim and I lived at Weko beach during the summers and in the back 40 off of Toth St. during the fall. We then worked together for years @ Cook. My prayers are for his brothers and family. Scott Braddock

Leanne Ros5

Posted at 08:56pm
We have so many awesome memories with you, Tater. The times up in Alaska when you lived with us and making you that birthday cake and giving you the nickname "Titsaroni"! You knocked out that wall in the trailer so you could fit your weight bench in there to lift your weights, etc. You'll be deeply missed but never forgotten. You were an awesome man and a very proud father of Olivia; you bragged about her constantly, lol. Rest in peace and we'll love you always. Chris and Leanne Rose

James Anderson

Posted at 08:41pm
Jim was always a cool guy. I remember him at our house alot hanging out with my brother Mark when I was young. I'm very sad to hear about his passing. God Bless to him and his family. Jim Anderson

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