Pifer, James

Written by David Green.

James Eugene Pifer, 85, of Adrian,  Mich., died July 24, 2012, at Grand Court in Adrian. 

He was born July 19, 1927,  in Adrian to Olin and Caroline (Burkett) Pifer.  James served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946.  He worked in the maintenance department for many years at Stauffer Chemical. 

James is survived by his daughter, Kelley (and Randy) Burrow of Morenci, Mich.; one sister, Janet (and Marvin) Clark of Calif.; three grandchildren, Desiree (and Shane) Holcomb and their children, Quinton and Audrey, of Spring Lake, Mich., Courtney Burrow and her son, Evan, of Morenci, and Zac Burrow of Spring Lake. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandson, Andrew Holcomb.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or services. 

Arrangements were made the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.

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