James Lemmerz Jr. ’66
James Eveland Lemmerz passed away on Monday, October 2nd after many years suffering from different complications of Agent Orange. God ended his pain and confusion with his family and friends by his side. Jim was proceeded in death by father James, mother Helen, brother Russel and sister Libby and is survived by his wife Sherry ’67 and his daughter Libby.
Jim was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1944. He was a graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI where he received his B.A in business and it was there he met the love of his life Sharon Phillips. Following graduation he entered Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida. After the death of his mother, he went home to help his father. Upon returning to Florida, Jim was assigned To Naval Mobile Construction Battalion MCB4 in Port Hueneme, California. Four days later, Jim and Sherry were married and Jim left for 6 months in Vietnam. Jim proudly served in the Navy as a Seabee rising to the rank of Lieutenant and bravely served 2 tours in Vietnam.
After his military service, he and Sherry made California their home as he embarked on a successful career in the fire and security industry leaving a lasting impact.
In 1980, Jim and Sherry welcomed their beloved daughter Libby into the world. Jim was a wonderful father to Libby whom he loved with all his heart.
Jim was not only dedicated to his family and God but also his community. He was an active participant in various charitable organizations including Rotary, Habitat for Humanity, and the American Heart Association, where he worked tirelessly to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
He had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed activities such as running, kayaking, biking and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, his PTSD group, and collecting knives and model cars. His favorite place was his ranch in Madisonville which he named Valhalla where in Norse Mythology warriors are made whole.
His zest for life and love of God was evident to all who knew him and his presence will be sorely missed by family, friends, and the communities he touched.
Jim’s faith in God was absolute. Jim and God had many daily conversations and he was ready to meet his Lord.
In memory of Jim, we celebrate a life filled with love, service, and a deep appreciation for the world around us. He leaves behind cherished memories and a legacy of kindness that will continue to inspire others.