Friend, James A., Alma, Michigan

Passed away Friday, January 9, 2015 at his home with his family by his side. Age 62 years. He was born May 6, 1952 in Owosso the son of Floyd and Betty (Day) Friend. He married Shelly Matthews on November 9, 1990 in Alma. Jim worked for Alma Products for 23 years, retiring due to his health in 2012. He attended Cross Roads Church in St. Louis and enjoyed fishing, baseball and singing karaoke. He especially loved spending time with his family. Jim is survived by his wife, Shelly of Alma, three children, Teresa Carmona and Melinda Cardoza both of California, Steven Friend of Elwell, step-children, Alan Decker of Clare and Matthew Decker of Alma, 18 grandchildren, Erica, Daisy, Minnie, Ashley, Christopher, Angel, Brittney, Linda, Frankie, Cassandra, JB, Dana, Breanna, Dylan, Olivia, Chase, Emma and Dezzy, five great-grandchildren and his siblings, Terry (Kim), David (Shellie), Lenny (Bev), Denny (Doris), Larry (Julie), Paula (Paul), Susie, Sharon, Cindy (Terry) and Cecile. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-son, Ty Decker and Four sisters, Linda, Barbara, Marlene and Bernice. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Lux-Moody-Wolfel Funeral Home in Alma. To leave a condolence for the family. visit