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(November 3, 1932 – August 3, 2015)

James C. Newton was called to his eternal rest by His Heavenly Father on August 3, 2015 with his devoted wife by his side. Jim was born November 3, 1932 in Flint, MI to James L. and Bessie O. (Bentley) Newton. His family moved to Pleasant Valley, MI when he was four years old. He graduated from Hillman High School in 1950 and went to work for the County Road Commission in Atlanta and Sash & Door in Lewiston, MI. In 1952 he married Ruth G. Wilder, his childhood sweetheart and neighbor, whom he met at age five and grew up with. In 1951, he left for Korea to serve in the U.S. Army in Intelligence Operations. He proudly served and was honorably discharged in 1954. Upon his return, he farmed and then moved to Midland where he worked as a heavy equipment operator building state highways. In 1960, he began a 25 year career in law enforcement beginning as a patrolman with the Midland City Police Department. He was named a Detective in 1968, Youth Officer in 1969, promoted to Sergeant in 1971 and Lieutenant in 1973. In his work, Jim earned many prestigious awards, often recognized for contributing to the quality of life for others. While service the Midland Police Department, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University. In 1974, Jim graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Quantico, VA. Jim served on several law enforcement advisory boards and was actively involved in many community organizations including Big Brothers, Eagle Boys Village, Girls Scouts of America, H.H. Dow High School Boosters Club, Harbor House (now Shelterhouse), Law Enforcement Explorers?ÇÖ, Midland City Safety Committee, The Optimist Club and others. Jim played on Midland Men?ÇÖs City Slow Pitch Softball leagues and managed the Red Coats Men?ÇÖs Softball Team. Jim and Ruth ventured in real estate together, renovating, renting, and selling more then 43 properties. In 1985, Jim and Ruth retired to pursue their passion for ?Ç£farming?Ç¥, raising beef cattle. Jim also served as the Rust Township Supervisor and on the Board for Three Rivers Construction Company of Midland. In the early years of his retirement, he and Ruth enjoyed wintering In Florida. Jim?ÇÖs interests included hunting, fishing, and most competitive sports. He especially enjoyed spending summers at their cottage on Ess Lake in Hillman. Jim dearly loved time with his family, providing many outstanding recreational and retreat places over the years as well as hosting many family gatherings and celebrations at their Midland home. He attended New Beginnings Church in Hillman and also Homer United Methodist Church in Midland. Jim leaves his wife of 63 years and his children Terri (Michael) Budek, Kim (Marla) Newton, CaraLee (Gary) Leff, and Ernest (Christi) Newton of Midland, nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews all of whom he was very proud. He also leaves in-laws, Clare Currie and Rev. Ross (Frances) Wilder. Preceding Jim in death were his parents, brother, Robert Newton, sisters Betty Romel and Jonell Currie. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Homer United Methodist Church with Rev. Dave Hill and Rev. Josh Blanchard officiating. Visitation will be from 10 am until the time of service. Burial will be at Homer Township Cemetery.Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider New Beginnings Ministry, Hillman, MI or Homer United Methodist Church in Midland.On Line condolences can be given at smithminer.com