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Alfred James Harding

May 22, 1946 ~ July 7, 2021 (age 75)


Alfred James "Jim" Harding, age 75 of Kalamazoo, died at home on July 7, 2021. He was born May 22, 1946, in Kalamazoo, the son of Henry and Thelma (Fitzsimmons) Harding. Jim was a 1964 graduate of Loy Norrix High School. After attending Kellogg Community College, Jim became a forklift driver. He worked for 32 years at Mead Paper and retired after 8 years from Ralston Foods. Jim was a member of Lutheran Church of the Savior before transferring his membership to Trinity Lutheran Church. On August 27, 1966, he married Diana VanDusen. Many people had experienced Jim's gifts of music with his singing and had gifted numerous families by singing at funerals. He loved to keep up with many friends and family online and really enjoyed watching court tv shows. Jim's family includes his wife, Diana Harding; his children: James Harding, Jeffrey Harding, and Sarah Harding; his grandchildren: Timothy Harding, Daniel & Sierra Harding, Kurstin Anglin, and Kyler Evert; his 5 great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters: Mary Plyley, Robert Harding, Donald Harding, and Fred Jacobs; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers and sisters: Ione Smith, James Jacobs, and Gerald Cobine. Friends may visit with his family on Monday, July 12, 2021, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Burial & Cremation Services, 3926 South 9th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. A funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 504 South Westnedge Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49007, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park, South. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jim may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, American Heart Association, or the ASPCA. Please visit Jim's personalized online guestbook at


July 12, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, Westside Chapel
3926 S 9th St
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Funeral Service
July 13, 2021

2:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
504 S Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Graveside Service
July 13, 2021

3:00 PM
Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park South
3941 South Westnedge Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008


Trinity Lutheran Church
504 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49007
Tel: 2693446181

American Heart Association - West Michigan Chapter
3940 Peninsular Drive SE Suite 180, Grand Rapids MI 49546

ASPCA - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
PO Box 96929, Washington DC 20090
Tel: 8006280028

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