Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 8, 2014

James Lee Stowe Sr.

NORTHPORT — James Lee Stowe Sr., 80, of Northport, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the Maple Valley Nursing Home, Maple City. He was born on Dec. 27, 1933, in Northport, the son of Marcus McKinley and Gladys Letitia (Kitchen) Stowe.

James was a lifelong resident of Northport and owned and operated J.L. Stowe Oil Company in Northport for over 25 years with his wife, Iva.

He was an avid outdoorsman and golfer.

James is survived by his wife, Iva (Roger) Stowe; they were married on May 7, 1952, in Northport; children, James (Kathy) Stowe, Patricia (Mike) Kalchik, Duke (Anne) Stowe, Michael (Audrey) Stowe, Christopher (Marianne) Stowe, Bradley (Tracy) Stowe, Tammy (Norris) Ladd, Richard (Sandi) Stowe and Jason (Cathy) Stowe; 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Marcus (Joyce) Stowe and Basil (Barb) Stowe; and brother-in-law, Jim Hooper.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcus and Gladys; brother, Warren Stowe; sisters, Cleo Martin, Jean Dame, Genevieve Bartlett and Rose Hooper; and son-in-law, Richard Kalchik.

A celebration of James’ life will be announced in the spring. Burial will be in the Leelanau Township Cemetery, Northport.

The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the owners and staff at the Maple Valley Nursing Home for their great care of James.

Memorials contributions may be made to the Maple Valley Nursing Home, 1086 W. Burdickville Road, Maple City, MI 49664.

Please visit James’ webpage at to sign the guestbook and share a message with his family.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, to handle the arrangements.

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