James Joseph Walmsley, 87, passed away early Thursday morning, May 15, 2014, at Green Acres Assisted Living in Cadillac, Mich., after suffering a stroke.

Born Friday, March 4, 1927, to James Montgomery and Elnorine Pauline (Votruba) Walmsley in Detroit, Mich. The family moved to Alpena in 1935, which became James’ home until his death. He served as sergeant in the Armed Forces in Europe during World War II with Troop A, 24th Constabulary.

James married Dorothy Louise Dove of Alpena in September of 1956 after meeting at their mutual work place, Montgomery Ward. Together they built a home on Long Lake, raised a family, and enjoyed 53 years of marriage. She preceded him in death August 2009.

James worked for more than 20 years at Montgomery Ward and RA Townsend before retiring. He and Dorothy were also instrumental in the development of the Presque Isle Volunteer Fire Department with which he served for many years.

He is survived by his sister Elnorine Koperwas of Alpena and brother Darvin (Marie) Walmsley of Alpena, his daughter Susan (Charles) Parsons of Lake City and son James (Terry) Walmsley of Newbern, Tenn., his grandchildren, Mary Parsons, Sarah Parsons, Jeffery Walmsley, and Ashley Walmsley, and his nieces and nephew Jeanine Koperwas, Karl (Sharon) Koperwas, and Kristi Koperwas of Alpena.

He is preceded in death by his parents James and Elnorine Walmsley, his wife Dorothy, and brother-in-law, Carl Koperwas.

Visitation will be held at the Bannan Funeral home on Sunday, May 19, 2014, from 4-8 pm. with military honors accorded him at 5 p.m. by VFW Alpena Post 2496. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Bruce Michaud officiating.

Interment: Evergreen Cemetery

Memorials: Hospice of Michigan