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James Clarence Kingsley

The Honorable James Clarence Kingsley, 74, died unexpectedly at Oaklawn Hospital in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.

He was born June 19, 1941 in Battle Creek, Michigan, to James Fredrick and Lovina (Spoor) Kingsley. He grew up in Union City, Michigan, where he was valedictorian of his graduating class in 1959 from Union City High School. Union City is also where in kindergarten he met his soulmate and love of his life, Judith Jean Case. They were married on August 24, 1963 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2013.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Albion College in 1963 and in the top ten percent of his class at the Northwestern University School of Law in 1966. He practiced law in Albion before being appointed to the Calhoun County Circuit Court Bench in 1982 where he served with distinction. He retired in December 2014 as the longest-sitting circuit judge in the history of Calhoun County.

He and his wife, Judy, made their life in Albion, where they raised two children, Jill Hinde of Albion and Jay Kingsley of Ladera Ranch, California.

He was a member of the Calhoun County Bar Association, the Pine River Bar Association. He served as president of the Michigan Judges Association and the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission. He was also a faculty member for the Michigan Judicial Institute. He served as the city attorney for the City of Albion and the Village of Union City. Prior to his time as a judge, he served on numerous boards, including the City Bank and Trust Board and the Albion Civic Foundation Board. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from Albion College and was a former member of the Albion College Board of Trustees.

He loved golf, especially playing with his family, and had two holes-in-one. He was a lover of the Detroit Lions, Lake Michigan beaches, family stories, and newspapers. He was a loving husband, a supportive and dedicated father, and a proud grandfather. He was, above all else, a man who loved and cherished his family.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Kingsley; two children, Jill Lynne and her husband Grant Hinde of Albion and Jay Fredrick and his wife Tenicka of Ladera Ranch, California; his beloved grandchildren Dylan James Hinde, Daniel Jefferson Hinde, Trey Thomas Kingsley and Jensen Jean Kingsley.

He is also survived by his brother, Allan (Penny) Kingsley of Tampa, Florida; sisters Shelley (Charles) Lane of Cumming, Georgia and Lisa (Frank) Srejma of Lake Worth, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Thomas (Cindy) Case of Union City and a sister-in-law, Martha (Don) Bauman; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lovina Kingsley and his in-laws, Lynn Wallace and Ruth Case.

The family will receive friends on Friday, August 7 from 2-5 p.m. at the Craig K. Kempf Family Funeral Homes Marshall Chapel, 723 Old U.S. 27 North, Marshall. Services to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Goodrich Chapel at Albion College.

Memorials may be made to the James C. Kingsley Scholarship Fund at Albion College or the James C. Kingsley Union City Scholarship Fund. Assistance with memorials is available at the funeral home.

To leave a personal message, please visit www.kempffuneralhome.com

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2015
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