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James R. Atchley

Battle Creek

James R. Atchley, 90, of Battle Creek died Tuesday October 8, 2013 at home. He was born on August 8, 1923 in Battle Creek to Roy and Mary Theresa (Marriott) Atchley.

Jim graduated from St. Philip High School in 1942 where he served as senior class president.

Jim served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He received a Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon w/4 Bronze Battle Stars, 4 overseas bars, one service stripe, and a Good Conduct Medal.

After the war he was given an opportunity to play baseball professionally.  He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals team and retired from baseball in 1956. Jim then worked at Kellogg's until his retirement in 1986.

Jim married Virginia Bates on May 8, 1951, she died January 13, 1970. They had four children. In November 1980 he married Helen Rose Magers and she preceded him in death on December 11, 2011.

Jim is survived by children, Mary Vasquez, Patricia (Ed) Bell, and Thomas Atchley, all of Battle Creek, step-children, Judy (Joe) Markovich, Mike (Debbie) Magers, both of Battle Creek, James G. Magers, of Atlanta, GA; Patti Hill, of Erie, PA; Mary Lynne (Mike) Miles, of Tampa, FL; and John (Ann) Magers, of Lewiston, NY; eight grandchildren, sixteen step grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, a brother, Lewis B. Atchley, of Battle Creek, and a nephew Mike Orlowski, of Luther, MI. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sally Anne Atchley, a brother, Robert "John" Atchley, and sisters, Ann Atchley and Mary Orlowski.

As a hobby he refinished antique furniture and also was very proficient at making custom golf clubs and as a golfer, he knew how to use them. Jim was inducted into St. Philip Athletic Hall of Fame on 2011. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and loved his winter home in Tampa, FL.

Jim had been a member of St. Philip Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church. He also belonged to Knights of Columbus, council #575, American Legion Post 0225 and the Kellogg 25 Year Club.

Visitation will be held from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm Monday October 14, 2013 at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home where a Rosary will be recited at 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10am Tuesday at St. Philip Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Philip Catholic Church BCACS, or Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice. www.henryfuneralhome.org

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Oct. 13, 2013
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