Stelt, James R.; age 89; of Kentwood, MI, formerly of Williamston and Pontiac, MI; passed away peacefully on Monday, March 9, 2015. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Jim went on to be Personnel Director for the City of Pontiac, and later the City Manager of Otsego, MI. Jim and Mary Lou eventually relocated to Pontiac where they had a second set of twins. While working in labor relations, Jim attended night school at the Detroit College of Law, where he graduated in 1964. He then worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Probate Registrar of Oakland County before being elected Judge of the Pontiac 50th District Court in 1968. He retired from this position in 1988 and later enjoyed substitute judging for several years while residing in Williamston. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Laurie Stelt; his granddaughter, Jessica Merrill; and brothers, Jack Stelt, and Wally Stelt. Jim will be deeply missed by his wife of 61 years, Mary Lou; twin sons, Joel (Sandy) Stelt, Paul Stelt; daughter, Peggy (Arthur) Merrill; grandsons, Ryan (Rosie) Stelt, Eric Merrill, Ethan Merrill; three great grandsons; sisters, Susie (Donald) Jordan, and Christine Roy. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015 followed by a Memorial service at 2 p.m. at Stroo Funeral Home. Refreshments will be served immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDF). STROO FUNERAL HOME 1095 68th St. SE. Grand Rapids, Michigan www.stroofuneralhome.comPublished in Daily Tribune on Mar. 12, 2015+Read More Share Listen to Obituary Remember Share a message, photo, or video below View all messages 5 "Peggy and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all...."- Mark Burr"My deepest sympathies to Peggy and the entire Stelt family. ..."- Cathy Tirone"My condolences to Judge Stelt's family. He was a wonderful..." "Thoughts and prayers going to jims family. It was my pleasure..." "My sympathies go out to the Stelt family at this sad time."- Rosie Lawson Lass Add a memory or condolence to the guest book Add Message Please add or record a video for the family of James Stelt Add a video + Please add a photo and share in the life story for James Stelt Add a photo +