***A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 19, 2023, from 1 pm until 4 pm at the Rockford Ambulance, 8460 Schaner Ave NE Rockford, MI 49341***
Jim Wattson, age 90, of Grove City, FL, passed away on June 13, 2023, due to injuries sustained in a fall on June 10, 2023. Prior to his accident, as he would have chosen, he had just completed a round of golf with good friends on his 90th birthday.
He was born to Alfred and Helen Wattson on June 10, 1933, in Gaylord, MI. Jim graduated from Gaylord St. Mary High School in June of 1951 and then attended Aquinas College where he played basketball. This is where he married his sweetheart, Beverley Deitering, in May of 1953. They moved to Grand Rapids, MI, and started their family.
Life later brought them to Bedford, IN, Union City, GA, and Grove City, FL where he enjoyed working at Long Marsh Golf Club in Rotunda West and golfing at EVERY chance he got.
Jim is survived by his wife of 70 years, Beverley; children, Bill (Diane) Wattson, Sally Schwass, Kevin (Diane) Wattson, and Sue (Roger) DeHoek; grandchildren, Jordan Schwass, James (Julie Houck) Schwass, Tiffany (Brad) Poley, Mitchell (Vicky) Smigiel, RJ (Pam) DeHoek, and Ali (Noah) Reno; great-grand-children, Charlie Olivia Schwass-Houck, Riley Dean Schwass-Houck, Camdyn Poley, Emmett Poley, and Sutton Poley; sister, Patricia Nelson; and many cherished nieces and nephews along with grand nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind an extensive group of good friends at Long Marsh Golf Club who meant the world to him.
Jim was preceded in death by his infant son, Joseph; parents, Alfred and Helen Wattson; siblings, Kathleen Wattson, William Wattson, Betty (George) House, Edith (Ralph) Holewinski, Florence Wattson, Chuck (Mary) Wattson, and Alice (Bob) Metzger; brothers-in-law, Chuck Nelson, and Dwight Deitering; son-in-law, Dean Schwass; Bev’s parents, Rudy (Mary) Deitering; and several dearly loved nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 19, 2023, from 1 pm until 4 pm at the Rockford Ambulance, 8460 Schaner Ave NE Rockford, MI 49341