James Allen Jetzke, of South Carolina

Published 10:11 am Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Aug. 18, 1968 — July 13, 2015

James Allen Jetzke, Jr. of Irmo, South Carolina, formerly of Michiana, was called to his heavenly home on Monday, July 13, 2015 at Richland Memorial Heart Center with his family at his side.

James was born in St. Joseph, MIchigan on Aug. 18, 1968, to the late Shirley Williamson and James Allen Jetzke, Sr.

James was a dedicated, loving husband to his wife Becky, and “father” of four Labrador retrievers whom he loved dearly. He was a full-time firefighter for the City of Columbia, South Carolina and volunteered with Portage Township Fire Department and Bertrand Township Fire Department while also working closely with Buchanan City, Buchanan Township, Niles City and Niles Township. He truly loved the ability to help people in need.

James was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Ann Williamson, and his father James Allen Jetzke, Sr.; as well as his grandparents and great-grandparents.

James is survived by his wife, Becky Jetzke; sister, Joanne (Oscar) Cantu and their two children Aimee and TJ as well as great-nephew Donnell; aunt, Betty Best; uncles, Butch Williamson and Raymond “Bud” Williamson; and several cousins; as well as his parents-in-law Benjamin and Helen Kitchen of Lake City, Michigan; brothers-in-law, Joseph (Amy) Kitchen, John (Jess) Kitchen; as well as two nieces and three nephews.

A celebration of James’ life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Brown Funeral Home in Niles with a time of visitation two hours prior.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northside Baptist Church (www.northsidebaptist.org/give) The South Carolina Firefighters Association or the Diabetes Association.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, Niles.