James F. Almonroeder

ST. GEORGE, Utah – James F. Almonroeder has walked off the 18th green having played the game well under par on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in St. George, Utah. He was born May 5, 1945, in Escanaba, and was the son of Gus and Julie (Pryal) Almonroeder. Jim was a member of the 1957 Little League team that went to Williamsport, Pa. Jim was an outstanding athlete lettering in many varsity sports graduating from Escanaba High School in 1963. After graduation Jim worked in Milwaukee for a short time and then served in the U.S. Army for two years. He attended Northern Michigan University receiving his bachelors degree in education. Jim taught physical education in the Gladstone school system.

Jim married the former Kathleen Frederick on Jan. 19, 1973, at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Escanaba. He later worked for the Intermediate School District as a vocational counselor. During that time Jim earned his master’s degree in counseling from Northern Michigan University. He retired from the ISD in 1995. He then worked at the Escanaba Civic Center running the youth programs for 12 years.

Jim was a member of the St. Joseph and St. Patrick Catholic Church, a life member of the Escanaba Elks Lodge 354, the Terrace Bluff Country Club, Delta Pool League and the Escanaba Quarterback Club. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling to many major golfing events and traveling to spend time with his grandchildren. Jim was an avid Detroit Lions fan and liked to watch college football. He loved to work on his golf course at his home and hosted the Firecracker Open Golf Tournament on the 4th of July every year.

James F. Almonroeder is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughters, Renee (Jeremy) DeWitt of Neenah, Wis., Jenny (Bob) Farnes of Lehi, Utah; sons, Brad (Kim) Almonroeder of Birmingham, Mich., Kurt (special friend Kelly Bintner) Almonroeder of Lawton, Okla.; four grandchildren, Collin, Carter and Kayla Farnes and Graham Almonroeder; brother, Tom (Donna) Almonroeder of Iron River; sisters, Nancy (Tim) Farrell of Perronville, Barb (Jude) Collins of Manistique, Mary (Jerry) Williams of Columbia, S.C., Joan (Jim) Swanson of Waukesha, Wis.; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Anne Almonroeder.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Eric Olson officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the church fellowship hall.

Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the Gladstone Baseball Boosters. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.