Age 72, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at his home in Chelsea. He was born November 19, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Clifford & Bethel (Newbury) Lyerla.
Jim had lived all of his life in the area graduating from Chelsea High School in 1968. He worked at Chrysler Proving Grounds for 36 years and retired in 2006 and served the Army National Guard during the Vietnam War. Jim remained active at the Chelsea Wellness center for many years and enjoyed bowling, softball, the Detroit Tigers and U of M football and basketball.
Jim is survived by one son, Robert Lyerla of Chelsea; two brothers, Thomas (Tokuko) Lyerla of Glendale, AZ, Steven Lyerla of Vandercook Lake; one granddaughter, Kylie Lyerla; and Mark Cook’s family. He was preceded in death by his parents and special friend Mark Cook.
At Jim’s request, cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will be held at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Diabetes.
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