James T. Peterson Jr. age 57, of Battle Creek, died Monday February 19, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center. James was born September 25, 1960 in Battle Creek to James and Shirley (Bigelow) Peterson and was a lifelong resident of the area. James was a 1979 graduate of Lakeview High School and had been employed by the Akers Wood Products and then Hi-Lex America for 32 years retiring in 2011 due to ill health. He married the former Brenda Akers in 1987, the marriage ended in divorce. James enjoyed auto racing of all kinds, slot cars, hunting, fishing, and spending time on his boat. He is survived by his daughter, Miranda (Santino Guile) Peterson of Battle Creek, a son, Tyler (Jessica Evans) Peterson of Battle Creek, a grandson, Tyler Peterson Jr. His mother, Shirley Broughton of Battle Creek and his dog Kyan “Chunk”. James was preceded in death by father, James Peterson Sr. and his step father, Nixon Broughton. The family will receive friends Thursday (today) from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, 223 N. Bedford Rd. Funeral services will be held 1:30 PM Friday, February 23, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Jim’s grandchildrens educational fund. Visit Jim’s webpage at www.bachmanhebble.com.