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James Ryckman

James Joseph Ryckman

Friday, December 21st, 1945 - Friday, August 9th, 2019
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James Joseph Ryckman, 73 of North Adams, MA died Friday August 9, 2019 at Berkshire Medical Center.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 21, 1945 son of Lulu Mae (Stansberry) Ryckman and the late David Merrill Ryckman. He graduated from Alma College.
James was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the US Army. He was last employed as an Associate Pastor of New Covenant Christian Church and School in Lansing, MI.
The most important things in James' life were his faith in Jesus Christ and his family. He made an enormous impact on the world for the Lord through his church, the school, and in his life. He never tired of talking with people, sharing his faith, his wisdom, and giving an encouraging word and sharing the joy he was known for. He was an outstanding husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend.
His first wife was Sharlene Patricia (McClintic) Ryckman who died in 2003. Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann (Pisano) Crosby Ryckman whom he married on January 26, 2008; his mother, Lulu Mae Ryckman of Omaha, NE; two daughters- Kristina (Keith) Ried of Lansing, MI and Mary (Andy) Brewood of Manchester, England; two sons- Adam (Jenn) Ryckman of Lansing, MI and David (Jennifer) Ryckman of Hartsville, TN; and one stepson- Zachary (Kelly) Crosby of Bloomingdale, OH. He also leaves thirteen grandchildren; one brother- Kirk (Debbie) Ryckman of Omaha, NE and nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service to celebrate the life of James Ryckman will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2 p.m. at New Covenant Christian Church, 4415 West St. Joseph Highway Lansing, MI. Burial will be in Wacousta Cemetery in Wacousta, MI. A memorial service will be at a later date in North Adams. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 2:00pm
    New Covenant Christian Church
    4415 West ST. Joseph Highway
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  • Interment

    Wacousta Cemetery
    12803 South Wacousta Rd.
    GRAND LEDGE, MI 48837
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    Burial will be at a later date.


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Mike and Ann Marie Epstein

Posted at 07:16am
Mike and Ann Marie Epstein send our deepest sympathy to the entire Ryckman family. We were neighbors of Jim for many years and saw first hand how family and faith motivated his life. We considered him a friend and we can still hear his laughter on the back porch of his home. He is sincerely missed.

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In honor of a loving, joyful, incredible man who were proud to call our Uncle! Love Kara Chappell and family & Lauren Ballou and family
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Thomas H. Anthony

Posted at 09:57am
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. While he was already graduated when I started at Alma College, we spent many hours together when he would come back to visit and I came to consider him a close friend. The world is a little less with Jim gone, but, we know he has now received his heavenly reward. God speed my friend and to paraphrase our smoker poem, "the corner sign has its closing time, and I'll bid farewell and be down the line." Tom Anthony - DGT - 1972

Sue Houlihan

Posted at 10:09am
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. With love from Virginia Wagner. Mike and Pam Gibson, Kim Putnam and Brad & Sue Houlihan and families.
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Mason Cobb, Alma College, 1968

Posted at 12:50am
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