106 West Main Street
P.O. Box 146
Phone: 906-475-4631
Fax: 906-475-5561


Sunday, September 16th, 1934 - Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
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James William ‘Jim’ Vallier, 84, of Midway Drive, Negaunee Township, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday morning, February 12, 2019 in the care of his loving family and UP Home Health and Hospice.

Jim was born September 16, 1934 in Perkins to Emil and Alice (Larson) Vietzke and graduated from Perkins High School, Class of 1953, where he was a standout basketball player. He married Ruth Norden on December 27, 1954 and together they raised two sons.

While living in Perkins, Jim was employed at the local cheese factory before moving to Negaunee in 1959. A ‘jack-of-all-trades,’ Jim could fix anything, and he worked as a mechanic, logger, and as a construction worker helping to build the Mackinac Bridge. He eventually retired as a foreman from Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company.

Mr. Vallier was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Negaunee. Along with tinkering in the garage, he enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid whitetail hunter. Jim was also an avid bowler, and played softball in his younger years.

Surviving are his loving wife, Ruth (Norden) Vallier; two sons: David (Linda) Vallier of Ishpeming and Russel Vallier of Sands Township; four grandchildren: Jenn (Cas Ksiazek), Emily, Jonathan and Paula Vallier; his brother, Gerald (Maxine) Vallier of Gladstone; and sister, Joan Johnson of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his step-father, Joseph Vallier.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 pm on Thursday, February 21st at Koskey Funeral Home with Michael Holman officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends from 1:00 pm until the time of services at 2:30 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed in Jim’s memory to Bethany Lutheran Church, Negaunee, UP Home Health and Hospice or the Negaunee Senior Center.

Mr. Vallier’s memorial page may be viewed at koskeyfuneralhome.com, where memories and condolences may be shared.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Koskey Funeral Home
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 2:30pm
    Koskey Funeral Home
    Address Not Available
    Michael Holman
  • Interment

    Northland Chapel Gardens
    Address Not Available
    Negaunee Township, MI 49866
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Fred Delarye

Posted at 02:34pm
Dave and Linda My condolences to you and your family. As foreman go your dad Jim was one of the best.He knew his craft and also how to treat his guys.I knew him even better thru you and Linda.He will be missed by all of you.He truly was a good person.Again my condolences and prayers for the entire Vallier family. God bless you all Fred Delarye

Cheryl Kalishek Bernard

Posted at 09:14pm
Dear Ruthie, David, Russel & Family. So very sorry for your loss of Jimmy. He was a great man! I have such good memories growing up as a part of your family, through Jerry & Maxine! May Jimmy rest in peace free of pain, & I hope your hearts will be comforted. Sincerely, Cheryl & Dennis

Karen & Tom Ott

Posted at 09:49am
Our hearts are saddened by this loss. Jim was a cousin we always looked forward to seeing at the Annual Larson Reunions. He will be missed. Rest in Peace, Cousin.

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