Aaron James "Jim" "AJ" Commissaris, 68
Aaron James Commissaris was born Oct. 19, 1945, in Salem Township, the son of Abram and Henrietta (Kuiper) Commissaris.
Jim served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and had worked for General Motors until his retirement in 1990.
In 1987, Jim married Jacque Nulty Drobny and lived in the Allegan area. They were active members of the Allegan County Mounted Division where Jim served as Captain. He was also a charter member and president of the Allegan County Pleasure Riders for many years.
In 2009, Jim was given the Public Safety Person of the Year Award presented by the Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce. Jim is the brother of Cliff (Thelma) Commissaris, Jean (Roger) Kamphuis, Ron (Carol) Commissaris, Harriett (Jerry) Nickrent and Bob (Nancy) Commissaris; the father of Jamie (Jamielynne) Commissaris; proud grandfather of Trevor and Teagan Commissaris, Carly and Erica Drobny, Abigail and Emma Owens and Morgan and Chase Drobny; step-father to Chad (Sally) Drobny, Marni Drobny and Matthew and Kelli Drobny; he also leaves behind Linda Commissaris, mother of his son Jamie, and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, young sister, teen brother, and infant triplet grandsons.
Jim's passion was his family and his many friends, his horses and playing cards. No day was an idle day. Jim could always find something to do and someone to help.
Jim's life journey has ended. He will be missed and will always be more than a memory.
Friends may visit with Jim's family Wednesday, June 18, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. with Todd Meert officiating.
Burial with military honors by VFW Post 3030 and a tribute by the Allegan County Sheriff's Department Mounted Division will follow at Mallory Cemetery on M-40 in Trowbridge Township.
Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Wings Home, Wings of Hope Hospice, or to the Allegan County Horse Leaders Association.
Messages of condolence may be posted online by visiting www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.