James DeKruger

James Edward DeKruger

1950 - 2023

Recommend James's obituary to your friends
Share Your Memory of

Obituary of James Edward DeKruger

Please share a memory of James to include in a keepsake book for family and friends.

Age 73, of Gaylord, passed away Friday, December 15, 2023, at home with his family by his side. In accordance with James’ wishes, cremation has taken place. There are no further services scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions may be considered to the American Cancer Society. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on James’ tribute wall at martinfuneralhome.com.


James “Jim” was born in Canandaigua, New York, on September 10, 1950, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Ruth (Neuman) DeKruger. Educated locally, Jim attended Lakeville High School and graduated with the Class of 1968. He met and married the love of his life, Sheryl Burt, and they were married on March 7, 1970. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a wonderful Caribbean Cruise. That was one of their favorite trips together. Jim worked as a lineman among other things, for General Motors until his retirement in 1988. Working on cars was what Jim was most passionate about. He could fix anything and enjoyed every minute of it. Jim was a wonderful cook and truly enjoyed making food for his family. He loved to create new recipes for them. When he wasn’t out working in the garage or cooking in the kitchen, Jim enjoyed going to Saganing Eagle’s Casino in Pinconning. In his free time, he enjoyed watching TV shows like Wheel of Fortune or anything car-related and feeding the birds out in the yard. He was a wonderful, husband, father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed.


Left to cherish Jim's memory are his beloved wife, Sheryl DeKruger; children: James and wife, Tonya DeKruger, Kristy and husband, Jeremy Sepper; grandchildren: Tyler Hargarther and significant other, Charles Pudelko, Keven Craven and girlfriend, Maggie Horton, Jacob Sepper, Teagan Sepper; mother-in-law: Helen Burt; several nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.


Jim was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and his father-in-law, Harold Burt.

A Memorial Tree was planted for James
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Martin Funeral Home, Cremation & Tribute Services
Online Memory & Photo Sharing Event
Online Event
About this Event
James DeKruger

In Loving Memory

James DeKruger

1950 - 2023

Look inside to read what others have shared
Family and friends are coming together online to create a special keepsake. Every memory left on the online obituary will be automatically included in this book.