Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 21, 2014

James L. Mebert

BINGHAM TOWNSHIP — James LaVerne Mebert, 84, of Bingham Township, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014, at Tendercare of Leelanau.

Jim was born Nov. 24, 1929, the son of Rosco and Emma (Behm) Mebert. On Nov. 18, 1948, he married Zona G. (Craker) Mebert, who preceded him in death on Dec. 25, 2010. Jim and Zona were married for 62 years.

Jim proudly served in the United States Marines.

He worked for years at body shops in Traverse City. Later he did work from his home, where he enjoyed “telling stories and jokes” from his garage shop.

He then retired and loved working on small wood projects; he most loved his candelabras.

In prior years Jim loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed special times with Zona and friends at his South Boardman cabin. Many people would remember Jim driving down the road on his little orange Kubota. He loved to go for rides and explore nature.

Jim is survived by his four children, Linda (Lou) Barch, James (Janis) Mebert, Albert (Jeanne) Mebert, of Suttons Bay, and Brian (Monica) Mebert, of Jacksonville; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Zona; and by a brother, Robert Mebert.

Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014, at Keswick Maple Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Suttons Bay/Bingham Fire and Rescue, PO Box 280, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.

Please share memories at Jim’s online obituary at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

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