James Clayton Anable, age 85, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at the Sunshine House in Three Rivers. Mr. Anable was born on April 29, 1928 in Three Rivers, MI. the son of the late Clayton and Leona (Harden) Anable.
Mr. Anable has been a lifetime resident of Three Rivers. He served his country honorably as a Master Sergeant in the U. S. Army during the Korean War before returning home. On May 22, 1954 he was united in marriage to Ms. Donna Moore and while divorced they remained close friends throughout his life.
Mr. Anable started working as a carpenter at the young age of fourteen alongside his father and brother. Becoming increasingly skilled, he free-lanced on his own for several years before taking a job with Cardinal Homes and built many of the houses standing in Three Rivers and surrounding areas. After its closing, James continued working on his own and was known and proud of his talented work.
Mr. Anable enjoyed hunting and fishing, being in the outdoors, and spending time with his family during meals. He was a former member of the B.P.O.E. Three Rivers Lodge and also the Three Rivers Moose. He currently belonged to the American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170 and the Three Rivers Eagles Aerie 2303.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donald and Charles.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, two daughters, Terry (Eric) VanHeukelum, of Three Rivers, and Kathy (Mike Wiles) Kline, of Mendon; four grandchildren, Bobbi Jo (Kevin) Newland, of Three Rivers, Travis (Carrie) VanHeukelum, of Jones, MI., Dustin (Jessica) Kline, of Constantine, and Jaime (Chet) Terry, of Centreville; four great-grandchildren, Leah Newland, Aaliyah, Jayda, and Ella Terry.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home
A memorial celebration will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Pastor Bob Anderson officiating.
Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials may be donated to the St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund. Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.