Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 



Service Information

 James Paul Dayton

Visitation: At Friendship Christian Reformed Church, prior to the service, Thursday, December 15, from 9:30 - 11 AM  
Service: 11 AM, Thursday, December 15, at Friendship CRC, 190 100th St. SE, Byron Center, 49315

Cemetery: Corinth Rural Cemetery, New York
Memorials:  Faith Hospice 2100 Raybrook SE, Ste #300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

The Funeral Service will be live-streamed at:

James [Jim] Paul Dayton (age 74) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, died December 6, 2022, at 7:31 p.m. following a struggle with sepsis. He was surrounded by his loving family as he left his earthly home.  Jim was born July 9, 1948, in Corinth, NY to Paul and Ruth [Carter] Dayton. He attended Corinth High School and graduated from Marion College, Marion, IN with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He worked as a Statistical Planner at GTE/Verizon’s corporate office and retired after 30 years.  Jim was an active member of the churches he attended through the years. He played on the church softball team, led the Junior Bible Quiz Team, served as Financial Secretary/Treasurer, and, with the help of his lifelong love and soulmate, created volumes of newsletters and a church potluck cookbook for their Sunday School class. Jim was most recently a member of the Friendship Christian Reformed Church in Byron Center, MI.  Jim’s greatest joy, second only to his daughters, was his grandchildren. He loved to follow them around, watching their sporting events, and was proud of the careers they had chosen. He was an avid collector of stamps, coins, baseball cards, and first edition Matchbox cars. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends, sharing a good joke, and sparking a good discussion on religion or politics. He had a love of information and trivia, but his true passion was for family history. He spent hours on his computer researching family history, cataloging family photographs, creating family video documentaries, travelling to genealogical research libraries and cemeteries on multiple occasions, collaborating with his youngest brother to author a book detailing the first six generations of Daytons in America, and quizzing his daughters and their families on their Mayflower heritage every Thanksgiving.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at Friendship Christian Reformed Church, Byron Center, MI on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will precede the service, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The funeral service will be live-streamed at: A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Corinth Rural Cemetery in Corinth, New York.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Jim to ​​Faith Hospice or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  Jim is predeceased by his daughter, Liza Michelle; his brother-in-law, Keith Tyler;brother, John Dayton; his sister, Mary Fuller, and his great-grandson, Noah Abdullah.  Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Judith [Judy Potter] Dayton; his sister, Priscilla Tyler of Pottstown, PA; a brother, Stephen [Nancy Klinger] Dayton of Gas City, IN; two daughters, Kari [and Steve] Hermanson of Norton Shores, MI; and Jennifer [and Rich] VanTol of Byron Center, Michigan; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

1095 68TH ST SE
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