James A. Fenstermaker Jr., 49, of Tower, died at home unexpectedly Friday, September 23, 2016. The son of James A. and Ethel (McMahon) Fenstermaker, Jim was born in Flint, April 14, 1967.
Moving to the area when he was a young boy, Jim was a longtime resident of Onaway and Tower. He made a career working as a salesman, selling campers, recreational vehicles and automobiles. He also volunteered as a firefighter for the Onaway Fire Department and was an emergency medical technician. Jim enjoyed coaching little league baseball and was a former president of Onaway Area Little League. An outdoorsman, Jim enjoyed camping, fishing and especially hunting for morel mushrooms each spring. He loved watching sports and win or lose, he always rooted for the Detroit Lions.
A family man, with a big heart, Jim was generous and put others before himself. He loved spending time with his family and would do anything to help them. Jim’s great sense of humor, contagious smile and friendly demeanor will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.
Surviving Jim are his two sons, Jimmy (Megan) of Onaway and Bobby (Myranda) of Indian River; the seven grandchildren he adored, Aidan, Landon, Adisyn, Laikyn, Tyson, Skylar and Dain; his father, Jim Fenstermaker of Tower; sisters, Melody (Mark) McShane of Petoskey, Shelley Madden (Greg Tucker) and Juanita “Skeeter” Anglebrandt (Rob Bradshaw), both of Onaway, Melinda Hambleton and Dawn Fenstermaker (Ron Riley), both of Tower; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel, in 2009.
Visitation was held at the Chagnon Funeral Home Monday, September 26, until the time of the funeral service. Frank Sheer Jr., a good friend of the family, officiated. Jim’s final resting place is in Tower at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Jim to his family to help with expenses. Condolences may be shared online at www.chagnonfh.com.