Date of Birth

October 17, 1986
Paw Paw, Michigan

Date of Death

November 1, 2013
Antwerp Township, Michigan

James Lewis Preston of Kalamazoo was born Oct. 17, 1986, in Paw Paw to James and Lorraine (Stawiszynski) Preston. He was a graduate of Lawrence High School and was employed by Pfizer Corp. James passed away suddenly on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident.

James is survived by his parents, James and Lorraine Preston of Lawrence; a sister Jill (Thomas) Eaton of Chesapeake, Va.; and his grandparents: Val and Chester Stawiszynski and Virginia Frances Neidenbach.

Family and friends will gather and share memories of James from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Calvin Funeral Home in Hartford. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the family. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences in James’ name may do so online at

13 Responses to Obituaries: James Lewis Preston

  • Leonard Funeral Home says:

    Please post any condolences for James Lewis Preston in the “Leave Your Condolences” comment section below. All e-mail contact information will be made private, but will be given to the family during the services. Our thoughts and prayers go to James’ family during their time of grief.

  • Todd, Melanie, Quin, and Tessa Rice says:

    Dear Lorraine and Family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. We have all been thinking about you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers! May God bless you and help you heal!

  • Carol (Beck) Kruzona says:

    Jimmy Lorraine and Jill my heart goes out to you. May God bless you and your family.

  • Bonnie Riley says:

    Jimmy, Lorraine and Jill: Our family’s heart and prayers have been with you since the moment this past weekend that we heard about your loss of Jimmy, Jr. At moments like this, there are no words that we can say that will help your pain. Just know that we are praying for you all and our heart goes out to you.

  • Lorraine, Matthew Kirk who worked for us when he was in HS with Jimmy, texted me from PA to ask that I convey his condolences to you. He is greatly sadden to hear of your loss. We are praying for the strength for you family to face this terrible tragedy. Though we do not know you, please accept our sincerest sympathy on your devastating loss.

  • Kim Bronson says:

    Working with Jim was a great pleasure. I always thought of him as the man with the “smiling eyes”. He always had a smile & kind word for everyone. “Living the dream”, “Its a beautiful thing” are a few of the catch phrases that made Jim a standout . I admired his work ethic and his outgoing personality. His love for his family was also well known. He always spoke highly of his dad and their fishing and hunting outings
    his moms cooking, his sister Jill and the fun he had with his nieces and newphew. “Inc ” Is what they called him. I thought that that was so adorable. Jim will be tremendously missed. I will smile when I think of him & the positve impact that he left on us all. Thank you Preston family for your remarkable contribution of James Lewis Preston into our lives. Job well done.

    • Rosemary Fritz (Frelich) says:

      Kim – how kind you are to share such a beautiful memory and tribute of Jimmy with us.

  • Rosemary Fritz (Frelich) says:

    Dear Lorraine, Jim, Jill,Stawiszynski Family & friends,
    We are shocked and deeply saddened by your unexpected loss of Jimmy. You have our sincerest condolences at this very sad time. Please know that we share your grief.

  • Mary Dyer says:

    Lorraine – No words can express the sadness I feel for you and your family. I remember Jimmy well as a wonderful 2nd grader who was so kind to others. Your loss can only be lessened in time by special memories that will endure. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you move through this very difficult time.

  • William and Gretchen Gendron says:

    Lorraine, Please know we are thinking of you and your family. This is a tremendous loss, but there is strength in family and the many happy memories of Jimmy will keep you going. Remember that your Lawrence Elementary work family will always be here for you as well!

  • Tom Wydick says:

    It was a pleasure to work with Jim at Pfizer. He had a great attitude and quick to smile. We will all miss him and are very sorry.

  • Jackie Persing says:

    My prayers go out to Jim’s family, what a wonderful person your son was. I worked with Jim, he and I were partners at Pfizer and even though there is 34 years between us, we were friends. He had a quick smile easy laugh and lightened the load for all of us. He made me believe that possibly I’d been wrong about the younger generation, he was kind and polite, his manners were of someone older and saying he was a joy really does not touch the person he was. His attitude was so positive and what he loved most to talk about was his family. You raised an outstanding child, he will be incredibly missed by all of us who he touched. I know I will see him again and he will have tall tales of fishing with a twinkle in his eye. “It’s a beautiful thing child”…….I can hear him now.

  • Donna Reeder says:

    Lorraine, I just learned of your families loss and my heart literally feels your pain. I can only encourage you to do whatever provides you comfort and healing. Your son sounds like a wonderful person-try to draw strength from the life he shared with others and know that I am here to help you in any way I can. With heartfelt sympathy…

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