James B. Tatrow

Resided in Wells, MI
Died December 19th, 2015

James B. “Papa Jim” Tatrow, 68, Wells, passed away unexpectedly early Saturday morning, December 19, 2015 at his home of natural causes.

He was born on May 19, 1947 in Escanaba, son to Bonard J. and Jeanette (Harbenski) Tatrow.
Jim was raised in Garden and graduated from Garden High School in 1965. He attended college in Colorado for two years earning an associate’s degree and a welding certificate.

Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1966 until his honorable discharge in 1968. He was awarded a National Defense Service Medal.

He was employed with Rust Engineering and then New Page as a RMP operator for a combined 43 years until his retirement on May 18, 2009.

Jim enjoyed flying, golfing, computers, attending the EAA in Oshkosh, and especially spending time with his family. He was an avid Packer fan.

Among his survivors include Patricia “Trish” Tatrow of Escanaba; children, Tara (Todd) Nelson of Wells and Kim Geisenhaver of Escanaba; grandchildren, Cassandra and Cole Nelson, Jacob and Jordan Steinhausen, Nicholas Royer, Josh (Jenna), Ryan, and Britney Nelson; great grandchildren, Kaylee and Kaden Nelson; brother, Ron (Faith) Tatrow of Mukwonago, WI; and his dog, Mocha.

In addition to parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Bonnie Jean Tatrow.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 23rd from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Delta County Veterans Council will have military rites at 5 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Deacon Terry Saunders officiating.

Burial will take place in the New Garden Cemetery.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Tatrow family.

9 Tributes to “James B. Tatrow”

  1. Words cannot express how deeply sadden I am by the loss of Papa Jim. My deepest thoughts, prayers and sympathy to his family as I know how much they meant to him. He was such a kind man. I am honored to have known such a great person. A special condolence to Tara his daughter as he was her best friend and life will just not be the same without him. You will be and are already missed Papa Jim!

  2. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Jim whom I’ve known for many, many years and have a lot of great memories with him and his daughter Tara! He is already and will continue to be missed every day. Continued thoughts and prayers to Tara and the rest of her family through this difficult time.

  3. Our sincere sympathy in the passing of Jimmy Bon. Sorry we can’t be there for the services but a memorial donation will be sent to the Garden Historical Society in his memory. Cousin Richard and Marcy Tatrow

  4. So sorry and shocked to hear of Jim’s passing he was a great guy that we always enjoyed running into him and catching up. He will be so greatly missed by family and friends.

  5. Will miss not running into Jimmy Bon in town always we had to catch up on the latest news from home, Will miss you cousin.

  6. tara & family,

    sending my condolences to you on the death of
    your dad!!! thoughts & prayers to you.

  7. I have not seen Jim in years but I remember going to Garden to visit Grandma & Grandpa Harbenski. It’s sad to lose a husband, grandpa, uncle, brother and cousin. I am so sorry everyone for your loss and pray he did not suffer.

  8. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, may time bring you strength and comfort.

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