James Patrick Linder age 53 of Holland passed away at his home after a brief illness.
Jim was a genuinely caring, compassionate, gentle and peaceful person whose greatest joy in life was his Special Needs son Christopher J. Linder who survives him.
In addition to Christopher, Jim is survived by his wife of 30 years, Celeste Iciek Linder, his sister and brother in law Sue and Dan VanDyke, his brother John Linder, and great uncle and aunt Jack and Vivienne VanderBaan.
Jim cherished being a member of the large Iciek Family where he is survived by his mother in law, Margaret Iciek, his sisters and brothers in law, Christine and Eric Muntter, Laurie Iciek, Tom and Tracy Iciek, Jim Iciek, Phil and Mary Iciek, Therese Cook, Roseanne and Jim Madalinski, Bernie Schafer, and Mark and Becky Iciek. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends all of whom he adored.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ronny Linder, his father in law, Stanley Iciek, brothers in law Milton Schafer and Michael Cook, and his niece, Elizabeth Rose Iciek.
In 2014, Jim retired from the General Motors Corporation where he worked primarily as a Tool and Die Maker for 30 years.
Jim attended Lansing Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University.
Jim loved nature and he was an avid outdoors person. He enjoyed biking, kayaking, hiking, backpacking, and mountain climbing. Many wonderful memories were made with family and friends at Jim and Celeste's cottages on Little Platte Lake near Sleeping Bear Dunes and on Bois Blanc Island in the Straits of Mackinac.
Throughout his life, Jim remained a devoted fan of the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Tigers.
The family will greet visitors 3-6 pm, Sunday, January 24, 2015, at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland, MI 49464.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Holland for their care of Jim. They also wish to thank Celeste's colleagues and clients at Allegan County Community Mental Health Services for their unconditional support, and to all of the people of Benjamin's Hope for the joy and beauty that they bring to the world.
For those wishing to make memorial contributions, the family suggests that you consider Benjamin's Hope. www.yntemafh.com