SAUVÉ James E.
of Clarkston, passed away on August 21, 2016 at the age of 88. Born in Bay City, MI in February of 1928. He graduated with honors in 1946 from Bay City Central, served one year in the US Army, then continued on with his education at MSU for 3 years. Jim was married to Mary Lorraine David in June of 1950; they were married just 2 months when he was called back into the US Army at Fort Sheridan for another year of service. He worked as a sales manager for Sealtest for 15 years, then owned and operated Sauvé and Sons Ice Cream Distributing Co. for 14 years before selling his routes to Melody Farms where he served as VP of Sales until his retirement in 1993. He enjoyed bowling on both men’s and mixed leagues, dancing with Lorraine as long time members of the Suburban Steppers and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of the Elks and sang in their choir. He also enjoyed attending his childrens’ and grandchildrens’ sporting events. After retirement they did a good bit of traveling with close friends to Florida, across Canada and other locales. James is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Lorraine, his 6 children; Bryan (Darlene), Jeannene (Greg) Kirchner, Lori (Dr. Y.C.) Huang, Denise (Brian) Hodges, Joel (Susan) and Alan (Nancy). A brother-in-law, Jim Diamond of Kalamazoo, a sister-in-law, Judy Sauvé of Florida and a brother-in-law and his wife, Don and Suzanne David of Bay City. He also leaves 12 grandchildren; Jason Sauvé, Cherise (Sauvé) Everhard and Renee (Sauvé) Rose, Derek Kirchner and Emily (Kirchner) Ford, Kyle and Leslie Hodges, Michael and Ann Sauvé, Andrew, Rachel, and Jenna Sauvé. 6 step-grandchildren; Dr. Eugene Huang, Dr. Janice (Huang) Dickter and Stephen Huang, Emily and Tricia Smith, Candis Amon as well as 25 great-grandchildren. James was preceded in death by infant daughters, twins, Jeanne & Joan (1951), Anne (1958), his parents, Emile and Helen Sauvé and siblings Donald, Maxine (Diamond) and Jack. The family of James Sauvé wishes to thank the Medical Team Hospice Care for their help and guidance.
Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at COATS FUNERAL HOME-CLARKSTON, 8909 Dixie Hwy.
Thursday August 25, 2016 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church with instate beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Burial will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly at 2:00 p.m.
For those of you who do not wish to go to the cemetery, you may go directly to The Fountains (6060 Maybee Rd., Clarktson) at 2:00 p.m for the luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of the Lakes or the American Heart Association.
My deepest condolences to the Sauve family on losing Jim. I always enjoyed chatting with him at Lakes, whether it was at a sporting event or mass. You are in my prayers during this difficult time.
Mark & Debra Burr
Denise, Brian and entire family,
We're saddened at the loss of your wonderful father. No greater thing can be said about a man than that he loved and cared for his family. It was impossible to be in his presence and not feel the great love he had for all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.
Michael and Janet Ward
Our prayers are with you and the entire Suave' family
Praying for your family !
I'm so sorry for your loss, he was such a nice man.