James “Jimmy” A. Aldrich, age 67, passed away on August 31, 2015, after a long illness. He was born in Lansing on March 11, 1948, the son of Fletcher and Gladys (Milbauer) Aldrich. Jim married Diane Mulder on November 10, 1973. He retired from ABF Freight. Jim was one of Michigan’s most active stock car drivers from 1966-1992, winning several championships and MSPA Sportsman of the year. He was inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. Jim was an active member of Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor (MMOGTA) Association, County Line Antique Tractor Club and Mid-Michigan Antique Tractor Association (Clio Club). He is survived by spouse, Diane, children, Jamie Aldrich of Ovid and Todd (Heidi) Rozema of Grand Rapids. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Addilynn Aldrich Vincent, Brandon, Ella and Gavin Rozema, Madeline Irland and special children, Nickolas and Taylor Irland, brother, Donavan Aldrich, sister, Eunice Diehl, sister-in-law, Bonnie Aldrich and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Fletcher Aldrich, brother, Lee Aldrich, brother-in-law, David Diehl and nephew, Brian Huff.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at the Houghton Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes, 232 E. Oak St., Ovid, MI, with Pastor Kirk Brookins officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, September 14, 2015 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Those planning on an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to Great Lakes Hospice Foundation, 900 Cooper St., Jackson, MI, 49202, with special thanks to Courtney and Kathy, or, Ovid Senior Center Lunches, 131 W. Front St., Ovid, MI, 48866, Attn: Brenda Wiegel.
The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.