Anklam, Jimmie Leonard, Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away Monday, February 7, 2011 while vacationing in Texas, with his family by his side. Jimmie was born October 22, 1947 to Lawrence and Esther (Kraenzlein) Anklam. He was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. He was a veteran having served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War, where he earned a Purple Heart. He then worked as a heavy equipment operator, a trade which he learned from his father. Jimme was a 100% disabled veteran, a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He loved spending time outdoors especially hunting and fishing and vacationing in Alaska. He loved being a grandpa and spending time with his grandchildren. Jimmie was also an avid NASCAR fan. He married Christine Johnson-Erndt on March 11, 1995. Surviving besides his wife Christine, he leaves his daughters from a previous marriage, Trisha (Anklam) Majumdar along with her husband, Amith and their daughter, Leah, and his other daughter Sara Anklam, two step sons; Richard (Lori) Erndt and Matt (Linda) Erndt, one sister Esther Baker, two brothers Lawrence and Ron (Kim) Anklam, nine step-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild, his mother and father-in-law Carl and Tharon Wardlow, many nieces and nephews, and many other loving family members and friends, including his lifetime friends Bill Burr and Bob Carigan. Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 18, 2011 at the Reitz Herzberg Funeral Home, 1550 S. Midland Road (S-M47). Rev. Jeanne Lapine will officiate. Military honors will be observed at the Buena Vista Cemetery. Friends and family will gather at the funeral home on Thursday, February 17 from noon to 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Friday one hour before the funeral. Memorial offerings may be made to the discretion of the Anklam family.