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James Francis Johnson

September 29, 1955 — November 18, 2022


James Francis Johnson, 67, of Lawrence, passed away Friday, November 18, 2022 at his home in Lawrence.

He was born September 29, 1955 in Lapeer, Michigan, the son of Francis Johnson and Marlene (Jahn) Johnson.

Jim began his youth in Ovid, Michigan, where he attended grade school and before the family moved to Brighton. Jim excelled in sports while in high school and earned nine letters along the way before graduating from Brighton High School. It was during summer break while in high school that Jim found what would become his lifelong career. He worked at Burroughs Farms Golf Course and fell in love with working on the course and being outdoors. He made the decision to continue his education at Michigan State University where he earned  his Bachelors of Science in TurfGrass Management. While in college, Jim continued with sports and played on the football team. He enjoyed his career at Lake Cora Hills Golf Course in Paw Paw, where he had worked as superintendent since 1987.

Jim's grandchildren were at the center of his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and of course, golf. He was an avid supporter of Michigan State University.

Jim is survived by his wife, Paula (Caldwell) Johnson, his stepson, William Arthur (Brooke) Wilcox; two grandchildren, Laura Wilcox and Brendan Wilcox; three sisters, Mary Johnson, Susan (Patrick) Terrell and Karen Johnson as well as many nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his father, Francis Johnson.

There will be a celebration of life for Jim held at Lake Cora Hills Golf Course on Sunday, April 30, 2023 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be directed to the charity of your choice.

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