James Grannell

James C. Grannell

Saturday, February 8th, 1930 - Saturday, March 28th, 2020
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James C. Grannell, 90, formerly of Benton Harbor, passed away, Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Thurston Woods Nursing Home in Sturgis, Michigan.

Private family services were held, with a public Celebration of Life Service to be announced at a future date. Private burial took place at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. Memorial donations in Jim’s name may be made to the North Berrien Military Rites Team. Those wishing to sign Jim’s Memory Book online may do so at

Jim was born February 8, 1930 in Tulsa, OK to Raymond & Helen (Grimes) Grannell. On July 23, 1950, he married the former Lucille Steinke in Benton Harbor. Jim entered the US Army and served his country overseas during the Korean War. He was employed as a supervisor for Clark Equipment Co. in Benton Harbor, retiring after thirty-plus years. Jim was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph. He cherished the time spent with his family, and especially enjoyed attending the grandchildren’s sporting events.

Jim is survived by two sons-James (Diane) Grannell, DO of Niles, Robert (Ruby) Grannell of St. Joseph; six grandchildren-Justin (Alicia) Grannell, Joshua (Marissa) Grannell, Jenna Grannell, Jami Grannell, Gabriella “GiGi” Grannell & Kellie (Nick) Ruhl; four great-grandchildren-Peyton, Conner, Jade & Jaren; brother-in-law Wilbur Steinke of St. Joseph; and several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Lucille in 1997, and siblings-Elva Weber, Emily Rabideau & Dean Grannell.
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    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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    Celebration of Life Services will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the North Berrien Military Rites Team.


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Ballantine Family

Posted at 08:41pm
Ballantine Family
Our deepest sympathies. Will always remember his love and support for his grandkids and their team mates.

Tim Culby

Posted at 07:49am
A good man that loved his family, always into sports and pushing his boys to do their best. I can close my eyes and see him encouraging all of us to do it better go longer a real cheerleader for us high school boys. Fond memories for me. Sorry for your loss.

Cat Stafford

Posted at 09:04am
Thinking of the entire Grannell family at this time. Cathy Crocker Stafford

Roman Kulich

Posted at 06:17am
My sympathies to Jim, Bob and the rest of the family. Your parents were great and always supportive and proud of their sons.
Peace be with you in these uncertain times.

Jim Tarantino

Posted at 10:39am
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Grannell family. Remembering the good times in the old neighborhood. God bless your family, Jim & Lisa Tarantino

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