In Memory

James Perin

James Perin

James M. Perin

James M. Perin, 49, of St. Joseph, died July 6, 1998 at home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Peace Lutheran Church, St. Joseph of which he was a member. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Kerley & Starks Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church, Hospice at Home, or Berrien Countv Cancer Society.

Jim was born in Connersville, lnd. on Jan. 16, 1949. He graduated from St. Joseph High School and attended Lake Michigan College and Western Michigan University. Jim was a professional pianist at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for four years as a member of the Bob Snyder Orchestra with whom he recorded two CD'S. During his career Jim performed with Les Paul, The Four Freshmen and Red Skelton. He was part of the opening acts for Pete Fountain, Ramsey Lewis, Maynard Ferguson and Lionel Hampton. He played in various clubs throughout Kalamazo notably with the Don Neal Collection with whom he recorded. He also played locally in the Twin City area with many local artists including Jim's father Wilbur Perin. He was also a featured performer at the Bix Biederbecke Jazz Festival in Davenport Iowa.

Survivors are his parents, Wilbur and Wilma (Smith) Perin of St. Joseph; sister, Pamela (Richard) Lukey; his beloved nieces - Rebecca and Shannon Lukey; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins; and his fiancee. Patricia Greenburg.

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06/27/17 03:02 PM #1    

Jeanne Shuler

Jim Perin attended Trinity K-8, SJJH, & SJHS. He had polio as a young child, but it didn't hold him down. He was very personable and creative, even broadcasting a current events news program over the PA in 8th grade. Jim played the piano and did some gigs on Mackinaw Island. He always had a positive attitude, a good sense of humor, and a strong faith in God. He was a founding member of Peace Lutheran Church, now on Lincoln south St. Joe.

07/03/17 01:52 PM #2    

Linda DeVries (Owens)

According to, James passed away on July 6, 1998.  Thanks to Jeanne Shuler, we have some additional information, but if anyone has access to an obituary, please send it to Paul; so we can include it on the In Memory site.

07/04/17 01:59 PM #3    

Richard Zuppann

I ran into Jim a few years after high school.  I was working in the kitchen at a night club and could hear the band.  I learned that Jim was playing the B3 in the band.  We had a few good chin-wags sitting at the bar.  

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