James Allen Cousin

Jan. 23, 1938 — Dec. 1, 2018

James Allen Cousins passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

Jim was born on Jan. 23, 1939, son of Jane and Lee Cousins, in Niles.

James Allen Cousins

He graduated from Niles High School, Western Michigan University, and earned his Master’s Degree from Michigan State University. He then earned his law degree from Notre Dame Law School and worked for a short time in private practice before becoming president of Old Kent Bank. He spent most of his life in Niles, before moving to Kalamazoo, in 2013.

Jim was an adventurous outdoorsman, enjoying cross country bicycling, hiking, and kayaking trips, many with his dear lifelong friend, Larry Mulder. He also enjoyed his travels with his companion and partner, Melanie Perry, with whom they shared their common interest in birding and were so blessed to have a wonderful six years together.

Jim adored his daughter, Jami Wildeman and her family, and loved spending time with them. He was so happy to be able to attend the wedding of his oldest grandson, Rob, in Oberlin, Ohio, in October.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his daughter, Jami (Robert) Wildeman, of Arlington Heights, Illinois; grandsons Rob (CJ) Wildeman, of Washington, DC, Sam Wildeman, and granddaughter Anna Wildeman, both of Chicago, brother, Dean (Margaret) Cousins, his companion and life partner, Melanie Perry, and former wife, Marcia Cousins. Cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo, 212 S. Park St., with Rev. Steve Charnley officiating. Jim’s family will receive guests at the church beginning at noon and again following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of SW Michigan, 222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Ste. 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 or First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo, 212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Please visit Jim’s webpage for directions, online guest book or to leave a condolence. langelands.com.

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