James Parent

IRON MOUNTAIN – James J. Parent, 83, of Iron Mountain, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Freeman Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary; seven sons, Jim (Jackie) Parent of Munising, Bob Parent, Steve (Cindy) Parent, and David (Lynn) Parent, all of Green Bay, Wis., Tom (Judy) Parent and Brian (Jeanette) Parent, both of Niagara, Wis., and Bruce (Anne) Parent of Crown Pointe, Ind.; one brother, Gary (Linda) Parent of Marquette; one sister, Joyce Barbiere of Marquette; 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lenore (Specker) Parent; two sons, Donald and Todd Parent; and one grandson, Timmy Parent.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara.

The memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Rev. Matt Settle will officiate.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Marquette in the spring.

You may light a candle in remembrance of James, or leave a condolence for his family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor James’ Legacy of Life.