James S. Ogilvie, age 76 of Grand Rapids, MI formerly of Manistee, passed away Monday, July 18, 2022.
He was born May 15, 1946, in Ironwood, MI, the son of Dr. Gordon & Doris (Johnson) Ogilvie. Jim attended both Guardian Angels and Jefferson Elementary Schools and graduated from Warrensburg High School in Warrensburg, MO in 1964 as an honor student. He was an All-Conference and All-State basketball player, and All-Conference football player at Manistee High School. Jim is a member of the Manistee High School Sports Athletic Hall of Fame. Jim played basketball at Central Michigan University, where he graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He was President of Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity at CMU in 1967.
Prior to his retirement, of 45 years in education he was a teacher, coach of varsity basketball at both Forest Hills Northern and Northview High Schools; was an assistant principal at Northern Hills Middle and Central Middle at Forest Hills Public Schools; and was a principal at East Grand Rapids Middle School for 11 years. Jim was selected as Principal of the Year in 1994 by the MAMSE Organization. The last 14 years of his career was spent at National Heritage Academies in Grand Rapids.
Jim was an avid golfer who was a member of the Manistee Golf & Country Club, Cascade Country Club & Kent Country Club, and a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge in Manistee. He attended both Guardian Angels and St. Joseph Divine Mercy Churches in Manistee. Upon retirement he helped with basketball at M.H.S. and organizing basketball clinics at the Armory Youth Project. Jim spent time in both Grand Rapids and Manistee.
He is survived by his son, Jimmy “O” (His best buddy in life); daughter, Mary Jane Ogilvie “MJ”; and their mother, Jane Ogilvie; granddaughter, Madison Marie Ogilvie “Mad”; special friend, Penny Ozdych; sister, Jean (Jim) Frink; brothers, Jon (Margaret) Ogilvie, & Robert (Steve Tate) Ogilvie; nephews, Jimmy (Susie) Frink, Scott (Candis) Ogilvie, Doug (Debbie) Ogilvie; nieces, Janie Frink, Erin (Nick) Bischoff, Kristen (DJ) Simpson; great-nephews, Luke Frink, Tommy Ogilvie, Harrison Bischoff, Davis Ogilvie, Caden Simpson; and great-nieces, Kyleigh Frink, Claire Ogilvie, Peyton, & Riley Simpson.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Gordon, and Scott Ogilvie; and nephew, Johnny Ogilvie. Visitation will be held 2-4pm & 6-8pm Saturday, July 23, 2022, at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 and 4-6pm Sunday, July 24, 2022, at Herbert Funeral Home, 706 Kosciusko St, Manistee, MI 49660. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00am Monday, July 25, 2022, at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, 371 5th St, Manistee, MI 49660, where the family will greet visitors at 10:00am. Interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Manistee, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859, or The David Petersen “Rudy” Scholarship at https://www.sabers.org/_files/ugd/6179ec_ea6e75be57d045ed840fc397773f4479.pdf
Family asks that in honor of Jim, please wear your favorite baseball or golf hat.