James Roman Kontranowski, 71, of Bay City, our hardworking, strong-willed, and dedicated husband, father, papa, brother, uncle, and friend was born into eternal life on Friday, September 29, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region. Jim was born in Hamtramck on February 4, 1946, the son of the late Roman and Alice (Pieczkowski) Kontranowski. He was a 1964 graduate of Bay City Central and proudly served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of E5. While hanging around Mr. Hot Dog, he met the former Marian Maciejewski. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on July 16, 1966. Jim was a member of the U.A.W. Local 362 and retired from General Motors – Powertrain after over 37 years of dedicated service, never missing a day of work. Following retirement, he kept busy at Krzysiak’s House Restaurant. Jim was a faithful parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (St. Hyacinth Church), where he was a former usher. Known for his excellent handyman skills, Jim could repair anything and enjoyed woodworking. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 51 years, Marian and their two sons: James (Liberty) Kontranowski and Michael (Kristin) Kontranowski. Jim was the loving papa of Kaden, Carter, Lawson, Chase, Kelsey, and Kendall. His memory will live on in the hearts of his siblings, Lawrence (Bernadette) Kontranowski and Jeanne (Rick) Brozewski; in-laws, Joseph (Marcia) Maciejewski and Chet (Peggy) Majeski, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, Jim was welcomed home to heaven by his father and mother-in-law, Chester and Genevieve Maciejewski and in-laws, Ron and Janine Schmitz and Gerard Maciejewski. Jim’s family will be present to receive visitors on Monday, October 2, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Vigil at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Jim will be taken to Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (St. Hyacinth Church), where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until the time of Jim’s 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Rick Filary will officiate with the Rite of Committal to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. The entire family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Lisa and Mary Lou on 4West at McLaren Bay Region for their compassionate care. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.