James A. Francis

January 9, 1943 - October 13, 2023
James A. Francis

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James Alan Francis (80) of Holiday, FL, died on October 13, 2023
and was buried at Florida National Cemetery with military honors.
At the time of his passing, James and his wife Barbara were traveling from Florida to Grand Rapids, Michigan to visit their children and grandchildren and to spend time with James’ lifelong friend, Mel Vande Gevel and wife Sharon.
James was born on January 9,1943 to Asa Francis and June (Foskett) of Wyoming, Michigan. His brothers Asa and Terry Francis and sister Elizabeth (Francis) Batchelder preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Barbara (Mayer) Francis; his daughter, Heather Francis and husband Galen De Young of Ada, MI; grandchildren Gabe, Elise and Makenzie; Heather’s mother Barbara (Warren) Francis of Cascade, MI; step-children, Matthew (Lillian) Cummins of Evanston, IL; Katie (Paul) Brourman of Evanston, IL; Ryan (Lisa) Cummins of Franklin, TN; and 6 step-grandchildren. James will be greatly missed by family, including cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
He graduated from Wyoming Park High School and Western Michigan University with a psychology degree, served as chaplain’s assistant in Seoul, South Korea during the Vietnam War and had a storied career as a radio DJ and station manager at WGRD, WLAV and WOOD radio. Later, he owned J.A. Francis & Associates and Dillenbeck’s Coffeehouse.
After leaving Grand Rapids, James and Barbara set off on an adventure that included living and traveling by water on a thirty-six foot Mainship Trawler and by land on a 40 ft. Newmar Dutchstar. They eventually settled into their home in Holiday, FL with their dog, Jack.
James loved raising his daughter Heather and spending time with family. He loved the Lord, acknowledged his sin and trusted in Jesus for his salvation. James was a member of Grace Community Church (PCA) in Palm Harbor, FL. All are welcome to share memories through Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home in New Port Richey, FL.

Funeral Service

The funeral will take place on October 25, 2023 at 1:30 PM at followed by burial at Florida National Cemetery cemetery (6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513)

Visiting Hours

Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home - Directions
5228 Trouble Creek Rd. New Port Richey, FL 34652
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • October 29, 2023
    Bob Delaforce says:
    My summer break of my freshman year at Western Michigan University led me to a summer part-time job at WGRD doing sign-off shift 5pm to 9-ish. Jim and I formed a friendship which carried over to other jobs at WJEF, WTRU and even into J.A. Francis and Associates. We last talked as I was subbing on the air at WGVU-AM "Real Oldies" and he was driving a motorhome to Florida about 3 years ago. He was a good mentor, always jovial and full of laughs (especially at my golf game!). Sadly, I lost his phone number. I wish we could have shared more in our retirement. I hope family has such great memories as all who knew and worked with him.

  • October 29, 2023
    John Klunder says:
    Had much fun with Jim in high school, especially singing pop tunes in the locker room after football practice. May all the joys you shared with Jim be a comfort to you at this time, especially knowing that he is with The Lord.

  • October 27, 2023
    Sister Mary Ann Barrett says:
    Dear Barbara and family, On behalf of the Aquinas Faith community, we extend our sympathy upon learning of your husband, James' death. He was definitely a man of faith and service. May God grace you with Gratitude and Peace as you remember his life through family stories and celebrate his Risen Life in Christ with your faith community . We will remember James by name during our monthly Memorial Mass for deceased Alums, their family members and benefactors of the College. The liturgy will take place on Thursday December 7 at 4:30pm in Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel here on campus. Be with us in a spirit of prayer from your Florida home. Be assured of our prayerful support. Sister Mary Ann

  • October 23, 2023
    Lisa Tennant says:
    Hey, I painted that mural on the Dillenbeck's wall! A very hearty farewell Jim, you'll be missed! ~Lisa R. Tennant

  • October 23, 2023
    Skip & Karen Carney says:
    Hey Barb, I am really sorry you lost your man and best friend. You and Jim were a great team, and I have great memories from the times we spent together...though I wish there had been more. By the way, I still owe Jim $10 for a bet I lost when I told him there was no way Americans would be stupid enough to re-elect Bill Clinton... Boy, was I mistaken. Anyway, I now owe you $10 and will gladly pay my debt next time I see you. I hope that will be soon. Hugs from North Carolina to you, Heather, and Gaylen.

  • October 23, 2023
    Tricia Yemc says:
    I have so many great memories of Uncle Jim. I will cherish them. Love and prayers to all.