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James "Jim" Arthur Piner

February 29, 1944 April 4, 2021
James "Jim"  Arthur Piner
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Obituary for James "Jim" Arthur Piner

James Arthur Piner of Brighton, Michigan, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on April 4, 2021.

Son of the late, Arthur & Jessie (Dragonaytis) Piner, Jim is survived by his wife Dolores Travnikar; children, Amy Mosher, Kristie Helton, and Kimberly Nedoff; grandchildren, Scott Nedoff Jr., Sophia Nedoff, Shepard Nedoff, Pierce Helton, Addison Helton, Cash Helton, and Maren Mosher; siblings, Elaine Piner, Dorothy (Mike) Aiken, and David (Elizabeth) Piner; in-laws, Peggy Piner, Rosemary Travnikar (John Bondy), and Maryann (Curt) Cummings; also survived by countless nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his brother, Bill Piner; son-in-law, Scott Nedoff; in-laws, Richard & Josephine Travnikar, and Constance Dunaway.

Jim grew up in the Projects of Detroit – until his family bought a house near City Airport with the help of his Grandmother.

Jim loved playing sports – especially Baseball – Street Hockey & Football – when he was young, the kids did not have organized sports – all the neighborhood kids would get together & pick teams & play until the street lights came on.

Jim attended Pershing High School – He graduated in February 1962 at the age of 17. In his Senior year, he won the Harvard Book Award & the American Legion Award – both given to the Outstanding Senior.

Jim Started college right after graduation @ the University of Detroit. After one semester, he decided to join the Air force in order to pay for his College Education.
Basic Training was at Lakeland Air Force Base in San Antonio TX. Because of the results of his testing – the Air force enrolled him as an Interrupter – but after Family checks – it was found out that there were relatives living behind the Iron Curtain – so he was enrolled in Medical School instead. He was 1st sent to Greenville, Miss & then to Montgomery Alabama. Jim ended up selecting to work in Medical Supply (since he said he hated the sight of blood).

He was assigned to Ellsworth Air force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota – from there he went to Goose Bay Labrador in Northern Canada until the end of his service. Jim inspected the Medical Supplies there and at the Arctic Circle & New Foundland.

Jim ended his service in June 1966. From there he moved to California & continued his education at Long Beach & California State Colleges. He finally moved back to Michigan where he finished his education at The University of Michigan majoring in Business.

Jim started working at Alexander Grant in Detroit as an accountant – where he worked on getting his CPA degree. He was then moved to the Tax Department. He continued working there for 10 years & then took a position at Garland Manufacturing in West Branch, MI as CFO. He was there 3 years & then moved to Texas, where he once again worked for Alexander Grant there. After 9 months he decided working for someone else was not what he wanted to do – so he moved back to MI & started up a partnership with his friend David Shilakes where they formed their own CPA Firm – where he worked until retirement.

Jim met his wife in 1969 – all started with 3 little words ‘Want to dance?’ They were married a year later – which led to almost 52 years together as Best Friends. Jim adored his wife, daughters – Son-in-law Scott & grandkids – he will live on thru all of them.

Jim’s journey in the Service gave him a love of travel. Over the years he took at least 1 guy’s trip a year – either golfing, deep sea fishing, to see the KY Derby & trips all over Europe & 3 trips to Cuba.

Jim had so many special friends – they started getting together every week for years – called themselves the Camel Club – over the last couple of years they slowly lost five of the members. One of Jim’s last wishes was that they get together & remember all the good times sharing a drink & a good cigar.

Jim & Dolores started traveling all over Europe, a few trips to Mexico & also Japan once the girls got a little older. They took multiple trips to the Islands & a couple of times a year they would head to Islamorada FL where they owned a Condo – Jim loved the Florida Keys.

After 8 moves, they settled in Brighton, MI where they bought 17 acres (eventually sold 12 of the acres as it was too much to take care of) – they lived there for 34 years before moving into an In-law-Suite at their daughter & Son-in-law’s home. Dolores & friends always called Jim ‘Grissly Adams’ – he loved the great outdoors – when he wasn’t doing taxes, reading or doing Sudoku puzzles you could find him working outside mowing the lawn, planting trees (134 Fruit trees & over a thousand pine trees over the years) or literally cutting down trees & scrub bushes moving rocks, etc.. He also enjoyed wood working – he could spend hours in his Pole Barn - he built 4 full size doll houses for the granddaughters & a few barns for the grandsons.

Jim’s battle with Cancer lasted 17 years – he had Non-Curable Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – after going thru 5 Experimental Clinical Trials – the Cancer won. All in all, Jim would tell everyone that he had a good life. He was an Amazing Husband, Father & Grandfather.

RIP Jim – you will be missed FOREVER!

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5:00 PM 5/4/2021 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/4/2021 7:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton

600 East Main Street
Brighton, MI 48116

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we are allowed 25 persons in the building at a time. We ask that you keep the visitation brief so we can allow others to visit.

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton
600 East Main Street Brighton 48116 MI
United States





11:00 AM 5/5/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. John Catholic Church

2099 N. Hacker Road
Howell, MI 48855

Gathering to begin at 9:30 AM.

St. John Catholic Church
2099 N. Hacker Road Howell 48855 MI
United States

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