James Russell Pancost
James Russell Pancost of Saline, MI, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2013, at the age of 85 at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor.
James was born on November 11, 1927, in Battle Creek, MI, the son of Earl W. and Ethel M. Pancost. He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1945 and enlisted in the Army
where he served as part of the occupying forces in Japan. Upon his return, he married Bonnie Jeanne Brownell. They had five children.
James worked as a salesman until he became employed with the U.S. Postal Service where he retired after 35 years of service. He lived and worked in Battle Creek for 61 years. After retirement, he married Myrna Belcher and moved to Ann Arbor.
James is survived by his wife, Myrna Belcher Pancost, his children, Richard L. Pancost (spouse Patsy) of Richland, MI, Cynthia A. Reeves (spouse Steven) of Albuquerque, NM, John S. Pancost (spouse Elizabeth) of Ceresco, MI, Julia K. Boteilho (spouse Nathan) of New Castle, CO, Rebecca S. Royal (spouse Stephen) of Middlebury, IN, and 3 step-children, all of Ann Arbor, MI. In addition, James has 14 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Bethlehem United Church of Christ at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 South Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, or Arbor Hospice of Ann Arbor in his memory.