TRAVERSE CITY — James Allan Newman, 53, of Traverse City, passed away on Jan. 13, 2014, He was born on Nov. 10, 1960, to James and Joyce (Howard) Newman in Belle Glade, Fla.
James enlisted and honorably served our country in the United States Navy. He married Deanne LeDuc “the love of his life” on July 1, 1983, in Algonac, Mich., and the couple relocated to Traverse City in 1993.
James was employed as a machinist and lathe operator with Lead Screw International of Traverse City. He especially enjoyed fishing, playing “War of the Worlds” computer gaming, driving his beloved ‘68 vintage Mustang two-door hardtop, and cheering for the Red Wings.
He is survived by his father, James; wife, Deanne; sisters, Jennifer Ann LaLonde, Jody Lynn Orr; sons, Christopher W. Lafleur, Randy Lafleur; daughter, Renee (Scott) Cuny; grandchildren, Jeff Cuny, Kevin Cuny, Alec Lafleur, Cameron Lafleur, Rebecca Lafleur, Dyland Lafleur, Haley Lafleur; and sisters-in-law, Patrice Seta and Suzanne LeDuc.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce; sister-in-law, Victoria Telly; and brothers-in-law, William LeDuc and Michael LeDuc.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider donations to New Hope Community Church of Bellaire and The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with a visitation held one hour prior.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with James’ family by visiting www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Arrangements for the family have been entrusted to Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Service.