James R. Wittig, 80, of Grand Rapids, passed away Friday, November 23, 2018. His working life was spent in Human Resources for Executive Management with Ford Motor Company, Steelcase, Inc., and his last 12 years were as VP at American Seating Company. He was born October 16, 1938, in Terre Haute, Indiana to Albert J. and Mary Esther Wittig. Jim is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley; his sons, Jeffrey R. (Michelle) Wittig, of Granger, IN and James (“Jay” (Kristan) Wittig, of Ada, MI; seven grandchildren, Kyra L., Joseph R., Kylee E., Maryella C., Kendall, Kamryn and Kaci. Jim was a lifetime member of Sigma-Chi Fraternity at Butler University. He was also a past member of Cascade Hills Country Club, Spring Run Country Club, Bonita Beach, FL Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and Shrine Club. Jim was very active and had a wonderful life full of cherished memories and lasting friendships. A private service was held by the family at Cascade Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s name may be made to Paws with a Cause, 4646 S. Division, Wayland, MI 49348.