Memorial for pro-lifer Jim Pouillon
Memorial for pro-lifer Jim Pouillon gunned down by violent pro-choicer
With only a day’s notice, nearly 300 people attended the Sunday, Sept. 13th vigil for slain pro-lifer Jim Pouillon. With several reporters and TV cameras present, hymns were sung, prayers were offered, testimonials were proclaimed and Scripture readings declared. Scripture readings included: Isaiah 50: 4-9, Psalm 116 and Mark 8: 27-38: “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it and whosever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.”
These words describe perfectly what happened to dedicated pro-lifer and devout Christian Jim Pouillon. Your CPLS director stated: “Jim was killed because he held the photo of a victim of abortion. Anyone who holds such a sign stands next to Jesus as he hangs on the Cross. To stand with such a sign is to place yourself on the side of the outcast, the abandoned, the unwanted, the misunderstood–and in that way you you stand next to Jesus on the Cross. No matter what anyone wants to say about Jim’s death–especially those who support abortion– he died for his faith and he died for the cause of life. That is the meaning of his death. He was a voice for the outcast and now his blood had been mixed with theirs.
His death must cause us to re-commit ourselves to the pro-life cause. We must become more generous, be willing to take risks and make sacrifices–allow ourselves to be spent for this cause. The pro-life cause is worth living for–it is worth dying for.”
Frank Samson– the brave motorist who saw the gunman, Harlan Drake–followed him in his car after he shot Jim- and wrote down Drake’s license plate number. He turned over the information to the police who captured Drake before he was able to kill his third intended victim. Thus, Mr. Samson saved a life that day.
James Lawrence Pouillon, age 63, of Owosso, died Friday, September 11th, 2009 at Memorial Healthcare Center. Private family services have been held with cremation following.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at Willman Field (OHS Stadium), 301 South Dewey Street, Owosso with Pastor David L. Knox officiating.
James was born in Ovid, Michigan on March 30, 1946, the son of Laurence and Kathryn (Rourke) Pouillon. He attended Owosso Public Schools, graduating in 1965. Jim was named captain of the football team his senior
year. Jim was married to the former Mary Lou Kadera of Owosso who was killed in a traffic accident in 2001. Following graduation, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army. Taking his basic training at Ft. Knox, KY, and then
serving in Vietnam as a radio operator. During his tour, he was wounded by shrapnel in the shoulder. Although presented with the Purple Heart, he refused to accept it. Returning home Jim studied briefly at Michigan
State University. He then was hired by GM and worked at and retiring from Buick Motors/Flint in the crib. He was a member of the UAW, Operation Rescue and the US Taxpayer Party. He loved the outdoors, be it hunting,
fishing or in his garden. Jim also coached in the KICS football program.
James is survived by 4 children, Dr. James M. (Amy) Pouillon of Grand Rapids, Holly Pouillon of Owosso, Mary Jo Pouillon of Owosso, and Lance Pouillon of Owosso; granddaughters, Madison Pouillon and Molly Rae Hart; grandsons, Casey Wright, Luke Pouillon and Jack Pouillon; 3 sisters, Judy Holt of Tallahassee, Florida, Janet (Jim) Metzger of Hastings, Michigan, Sandy Lake of Havana, Florida; two brothers, Tom (Susan) Pouillon of Harrison and Don (Cheryl) Pouillon of Harrison; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; mother; step-father, George Martineau; daughter, Sarah Lynn; and great nephew, Donnie Pouillon.
Those considering an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Pregnancy Resource Center, 217 North Washington Street, Owosso.
Mr. Pouillon’s family gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the Owosso Public Schools, Interim Supt. Susan Wooden and the Owosso Board of Education for allowing the use of Willman Field. The family also wishes
the community to realize that by allowing the service to be held at Willman reflects only the compassion of the district to a member of our community and to an alumnus of OHS. It does not reflect in any way an
endorsement by the Owosso Public Schools of any political agenda.
Mowen Funeral Home
Thanks to Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D. Director of CPLS http://www.prolifesociety.com for this story !