James B. ‘Jim’ Bacsik

ESCANABA – James B. “Jim” Bacsik, 68, of Escanaba, Rapid River and Powers, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba following a lengthy illness.

James was born April 18, 1945, in Rapid River, Mich., the son of Bertalan and Josie (Vietzke) Bacsik. He was raised in Rapid River where he was a 1963 graduate of Rapid River High School. Following graduation he spent four years in the International Brotherhood Carpenter School in Detroit where he did a two-year apprenticeship and worked two years as a journeyman for carpet installation. James was a self-employed carpet layer for many carpet companies in the area. He lived most of his life in Rapid River until he became ill and moved to Escanaba. Jim currently was a resident at the Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers.

James was a member of the Delta Alano Club in Gladstone and his hobbies included camping, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include: son, Timothy (Connie) Jolly of Clinton Township, Mich.; daughter, Kelly (Scott) Bellmore of Hermansville, Mich.; daughter-in-law, Lucy Jolly of Gladstone; brother, Sandor (Kathy) Bacsik of Detroit, Mich.; sister, Esther Grenfell of Burton, Mich.; uncle, Richard (Lenore) Vietzke of Escanaba; grandson, Christopher (Jamie Herbst) Bacsik of Nadeau, Mich.; several step-grandchildren; nephew, Briton Grenfell; several cousins.

In addition to his parents, his son, David Jolly and his sister, Susan Bacsik, preceded James in death.

Jim’s family will receive friends on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. EST at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of James “Jim” Bacsik will follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. Christine Bergquist officiating. Burial will be held on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Rapid River Cemetery. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Bacsik family, or to leave a memory tribute about Jim.