James Allen Rehahn was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on February 25, 1946. He was one of six children born from the union of the late George and Bertina (Burrell) Rehahn. James enlisted in the United States Army and served his country honorably.
He was married to the love of his life the former Josephine Anderson from 1972 until 1992. They parted ways but were reunited later in life and rejoined in marriage on July 20, 2002 in Monroe, Michigan.
For many years, James drove semi-trucks to support his family. The last three years he was employed by KC Transportation in Carleton. He took a medical retirement in 2008. James gave of himself as a volunteer firefighter for Frenchtown Charter Township.
James was a proud father and papa. He enjoyed sharing his time with his grandchildren and loved to take them boating. He enjoyed tinkering on almost anything but often had a lawn mower to work on. James enjoyed good food, his munchies, and of course McDonald’s coffee. He was an avid NASCAR fan following the likes of driver Carl Edwards. In his free time he could be found catching an episode of NCIS or Cops.
James, age 68 of Newport, passed away at 8:55am on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe. In addition to his parents passing he was preceded by all of his siblings: Carol (John) Qualey, Betty Mae (Gordy) Riley, George Rehahn, Mary Lou (Bud) Harris, and Walter (Marge) Rehahn.
To cherish his memory, James leaves his wife, Josephine (Anderson) of Newport; two children: Timothy (Elizabeth) Rehahn and Angela Jennings both of Newport; five grandchildren: Anthony and Devin Scheffler, Courtney Rehahn, Frank Jennings, and HayLee Jennings; two sisters-in-law: Mina Jenner of Thompsonville and Joyce Perhai of McBain.
Friends may gather from 10:00am until 2:00pm on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Merkle Funeral Service; 2442 North Monroe Street (734)384-5185. Military honors will be presented at 2:00pm under the auspices of Monroe Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1138 followed by a Celebration of His Life with Reverend Joseph Byrd pastor of Stewart Road Christian Ministries officiating.
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