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James Roy Book, 81, of Rockford, Mich., formerly of Grove City, passed away Friday, June 9, 2017.
James worked for many years as a pattern maker. He began his career at P. Wall and Cooper Bessemer, both of Grove City. He continued his career in Michigan at Michigan Pattern, Model Pattern and later became manager at JB Pattern in Muskegon, where he later retired.
James moved his family to Grand Rapids, Mich., where he attended Grand Rapids Bible College. Following his graduation, James served as pastor with Baldwin Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth; children, Connie (Joseph) Szczepanek, Laurel Book, Joseph (Lori) Book and Ann (Clay) Dehen; grandchildren, Zachary (Theresa), Alyssa and Peter Szczepanek, Karen Essenberg, Amy (Greg) Broersma and Angela and Kellie Book; great-grandchildren, Masyn, Dylan, Bethany, Rachel, Kimberly and AJ; brothers, Dale Book, and John (Sharon) Book; sisters, Edie (Bunk) Spence, Wanda Patterson, Evie Book and Eleanor Christy; sisters-in-law, JoEllen Snyder, Rebecca Hilliard; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Leslie and Alice Book; brothers, Bill and Jesse Book; sisters, Betty Dennison and Mary Ann Book; daughter, Debbie Essenberg; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe and Thelma Neeley.

James Roy, 81, of Rockford, Mich., formerly of Grove City.
Calling hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (6-13-17) at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, Belmont, 1601 Post Drive. NE., Belmont, Mich., and 11 a.m. Wednesday (6-14-17). To share a photo, memory and sign the family's online guestbook, please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com.
Service: Funeral at noon Wednesday (6-14-17) at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, Belmont, Mich., and at Stoneboro Methodist Church, 32 Lake St., Stoneboro.
Interment: Washington Park Memorial Gardens.
Published on June 9, 2017
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