Of Michigan Center, passed away at the age of 76, on September 7, surrounded by his loving family and the caring staff of Elara Caring Hospice. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Teri and Pete Langley; son, Michael; grandchildren, Maddie, Delton, and Gracie; sisters-in-law, Cathy Ambs and Judy Barnes; nephews and nieces, Scott (Kim), Junior, Joy (James) Copas, Mike (Libie), Pam (Denny Aikens), Renne, Pete (Sandy), and David (Sherry); special cousin, Terry (Deana) Orban; special friends, Don and Judy; and many more loving family members and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Edwin "Mike" Ambs; mother Ruth (Warner) Signor; step-father, Elmer Signor; brothers Tom and Jerry; nephew Otis; and his sweetheart, Nancy Fisher.
Jim was a proud lifelong resident of Michigan Center where he graduated from Michigan Center High School with the class of 1963. He was drafted and served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1968, fighting in the Vietnam War as a member of the “Big Red One” Infantry Division. Jim was a proud member of the Center Three Horse Club for 40 years. Jim worked for many years as an auto mechanic and would help family and friends with their cars, often well after the hours of his day job. He loved spending time watching NASCAR, the Detroit Tigers, and the MSU Spartans. When he wasn’t cheering for his favorite teams, Jim enjoyed gardening and feeding the many birds that would visit his back porch.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Arthur-Day Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 10:00am with Father Tim MacDonald officiating. A private burial service will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery with military honors by the Jackson County American Legion Ritual Team. For those who wish, contributions may be given in Jim’s memory to the Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter 109, P.O. Box 1704, Jackson, MI 49204.
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Vietnam Veterans of America Jackson Chapter #109
Box 1704, Jackson MI 49204