James Russell Bromley, 87, of Midland, Mich, passed away on November 20, 2019. Born in Jackson, Mich., on February 13, 1932, then moving at the age of 10 to Bay City. He was a 1950 graduate of T.L. Handy High School.
He went on to earn his BBA from Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo, Mich. in 1954. Additionally, he earned a MA from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor after serving two years in the U.S. Army. Jim was an educator and coach throughout his professional life. He began his career at Saginaw High in Saginaw, MI as a coach and teacher. Jim spent nearly 33 years in many roles at Northwood University, Midland, his passion being baseball coach and helping students enrich their time at Northwood. Jim was a committed husband, father, grandfather, brother, coach, and friend throughout his life. Jim loved to golf and spend time with his family. He was an avid sports fan with a passion for his alma mater, University of Michigan. He was a devout member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church serving in many roles throughout his life. He volunteered in many clubs and organizations within the Midland community. Jim and Ashley (his wife) were married for 63 years and raised six children with an abundance of love and laughs. Jim was happiest spending time with his friends and family enjoying the simple things in life.
Jim is survived by his wife, Ashley, of Midland; daughters Beth (Jan Dykstra) Bromley of Grand Rapids, and Barbara (Fritz) Reznor of Pleasant Ridge; sons Brad (Chandra) Bromley and Barry (Jodi) Bromley, both of Midland; and his much adored grandsons Jacob and Zachary Bromley, both of Midland and Benjamin and Evan Bromley, both of Grand Rapids; and his sister Kay (Allan) McLeod of Baltimore, MD and her family. Jim is preceded in death by his two sons, Bruce and Brian.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 24th from 12-4 p.m. at Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 West Wheeler Street in Midland. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1310 Ashman Street in Midland, with the Rev. Dr. Wallace H. Mayton III officiating. Family will be receiving friends Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Memorials may be given to the Memorial Presbyterian Church. He will be greatly missed.