James Dale Black

GLADSTONE, Mich. — James Dale Black, of Gladstone, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 7, 2019. Jim was born July 18, 1949, to Ralph and Gracie Anna Black.

Jim lived in Gladstone for many years, he came from Drummond Island where he was born and raised. He worked at Pentecost Construction for years where he made his living. He also worked for Gary Johnson Construction as a mechanic and operator. They became very good friends. There wasn’t anything Mr. Johnson wouldn’t do for Jim, as Jim would do anything for him as well.

He enjoyed many adventures on his motorcycle. He loved to ride and take in the scenery. His favorite past time was spending hours fishing on his boat on the waters enjoying the peace and quiet. The last 22 years he resided with Jerry and Darlene Clausen. He truly became part of their family. He was a “Clausen” through and through.

Jim enjoyed doing carpentry for people he knew, and work on cars. There’s nothing Jim wouldn’t do for the Clausens. He was well liked by everyone he knew.

Jim is survived by: daughter, Stacy (Eric) Christensen of Okemos, Mich.; three sisters, Hope Black, Faith Black, and Carol Gutzman; two grandchildren, Landon and Delaney; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by: parents; brother, Ralph; and sister, Shirley Thompson.

Jim had many friends including best friends Phyllis and Billy Godfrey, the Clausen family, Gary Johnson, and a very special friend, Linda Nelson.

A special thank you to June “Junebug” Bumstead, the VA Hospital, and Home Health.

A celebration of Jim’s life is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Gladstone American Legion. We encourage anyone who would like to bring a dish to pass to do so. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Black family. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can leave a message of condolence to the family.