James "Jim" William Shewell
Lansing - James "Jim" Shewell, 72, passed away March 3, 2021, after a mighty battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born in Lansing September 28, 1948, to Howard Shewell and Agnes Shewell, nee Kain. He was a proud graduate of J.W. Sexton High School and received an Associate Degree from Lansing Community College. In his younger years, Jim worked at many jobs in the community. After a long career with the Department of Social Services he retired from the State of Michigan. In retirement, Jim was active and volunteered at the American Red Cross and worked part-time at Peckham Rehabilitation Center. He endeared himself to many people through his off-beat sense of humor. Jim was a doer and was active with many organizations and interests over the years. He volunteered with the Lansing Area AIDS Network to assist local people with AIDS. He organized a music concert fundraiser at Sexton High School to benefit the breast cancer program at Ingham Regional Medical Center. He formed various quartets and enjoyed singing with the Lansing Gay Men's Chorus (now known as LanSingout). To support local women who sing barbershop harmony, he attended many of their Sweet Adelines International events all over the country. Building on Robert Bly's book, Iron John: A Book about Men, Jim participated in support groups for men which offered a safe, supportive environment to share feelings. When more men wanted to participate in groups than space permitted, he even helped start new groups. Jim was always looking for ways to give back to the community. Jim loved time at Lake Michigan where he swam, sunned and strolled on the beach. His family's Pentwater cottage was a special place and he achieved a dream of sharing a home in Saugatuck with his husband, Leith Letcher. Jim and Leith were married September 9, 2017, at their cherished open and affirming Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ. Rev. Salvatore Sapienza officiated. Jim is survived by his husband, Leith Letcher, brother John Shewell (East Jordan) and sisters Linda Donnelly (Chicago, Il.) and Gretchen McKenzie (Lansing), several nieces and nephews, many dear friends and loving pets Ernie, Adeline and Alvin. The family would like to thank Heart to Heart Hospice Care and Prestige Way, Holt, for their professional and compassionate care for Jim. Jim's ashes will be interred at St. Joseph Cemetery, Lansing, and a celebration of Jim's life will take place at a later date when Covid conditions permit. Donations honoring his legacy can be made to the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson's, 19798 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236. www.Kirkgibsonfoundation.org
. Arrangements are being handled by Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel. The funeral home's website www.palmerbush.com
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Published by Lansing State Journal from Mar. 20 to Mar. 28, 2021.