James L. Greenman

James Levi Greenman, age 78, of Olivet passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing with his family by his side. He was born April 2, 1941, in Kalamazoo, the son of Leslie and Dorothy (Roberts) Greenman. Jim graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1959. He then studied agriculture at Michigan State University. On September 7, 1969, Jim married Noreene Stearns in Galesburg, Mich. Jim worked many different jobs throughout his life but his heart was always on the farm. He had a love for horses, and he was especially fond of his draft horses. You could often find him winning, or near the top of, many different plowing competitions. Jim was a social man who thoroughly enjoyed visiting with others. He would often hand out $2 bills or silver dollars to someone just to strike up a conversation. Jim also enjoyed reading books about the Old West. From ranching, the pioneers, to the history of the American frontier, Jim enjoyed them all. He enjoyed watching college basketball but supporting his grandchildren in their school sporting events, and 4-H was of an utmost importance.
Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Noreene; daughter, Rachael (Tony) Eye of Charlotte; son Chad Greenman of Olivet; grandchildren: Levi Greenman, Morgan Ann Greenman, Madison Eye, Abigail Eye, Ryder Greenman; sister, Jeanette Ridgley of Three Rivers.
He was preceded in death by his parents and parents- in-laws, Frank and Margaret Stearns.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at noon at the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Those desiring, may make contributions in Jim’s honor to the Michigan Draft Horse Breeders Association. To view Jim’s obituary online, or to leave a condolence for the family, visit burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.