James Michalski
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Obituary of James Michalski

James Anthony Michalski was born on November 6, 1946 in Detroit.   He was the son of the late Walter and Leona (Zielinski) Michalski.   Following graduation from Wyandotte High School, James, was drafted into the United States Army where he served his country honorably, obtaining the rank of E-4.  

He married the former Linda Chapman on September 13, 1980 at Evangel Ministries in Detroit Michigan.   From this union would come the birth of three sons.   For thirty years, James supported his family through employment at the Chrysler Corporation.   He worked as a Hi-Lo Driver.   A proud UAW member he was very active with membership activities.  

Longtime members of Monroe Full Gospel Church, James and Linda were very involved.   He served as the youth leader for several years and was very passionate about spreading the word of Christ.   As a young man he enjoyed bowling.   James enjoyed time with family and was an excellent father teaching his boys how to play sports, but most importantly how to be good men.   James loved the outdoors.   He enjoyed long bike rides and watching the sunrise.   He was especially fond of Northern Michigan and visiting Harrison.      

James “Yogi” Anthony Michalski, age 71, of LaSalle passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at his home under the care of Promedica Monroe Hospice.   In addition to his parents his passing was preceded by a great grandson:  Weston James Michalski.

James will be remembered for running a great race and always being a fighter.

To cherish his memory he leaves a wife:  Linda of LaSalle; three sons:  John of Monroe, David (Stacey) of Carleton, and Joshua (Cortney) of Monroe; one sister:  Elaine Thompson of Harrison; three brothers:  Dennis of Wyandotte, Frank of Harrison, and Phillip of Florida; five grandchildren:  Jonathon Rennert, Gage Michalski, Riley Michalski, Waylan Michalski, and Oliver Michalski; and four great grandchildren:  Tatum, Tarynn, Jax and Vivianna.

Friends may gather from 3:00pm-8:00pm on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe, 14567 South Dixie (734) 241-7070.   He will lie in state from 10:00am until a Celebration of His Life at 11:00am on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Monroe Full Gospel Church, 5337 East Albain with Pastor Harold Raines officiating.   Procession will follow to Roselawn.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Monroe Full Gospel Church.   Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting www.merklefs.com.