James Steven Aper, 70 of Greenville, passed away at home Thursday, January 5, 2012 in the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice. James was born November 18, 1941 in Monroe, Michigan, the son of John and Mary (Gorowski) Aper. He married Paula Taft on October 25, 1986 in Greenville. He served his country in the United States Army. James was owner-operator of PJ’s Carpet Service along with his wife, Paula. He installed flooring for 38 years in Greenville and surrounding areas for Greenville Furniture, Larry’s Northtown, The Furniture Shed, Millard’s Furniture, and Don’s Carpetland until an injury in 2005 forced him to retire. After retirement he enjoyed being with his family and taking his grandchildren for rides on the golf cart, tractor, and bobcat. He also enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting, and gardening with his family and visiting with friends and neighbors. He is survived by his wife, Paula M. of Greenville; children, James (Tammy) Aper of Cedar Springs, Perry Lopes of Greenville, Jamie (Dina) Aper of Gowen, Jason (Jessie) Aper of Livonia, and Tamara (Matt) Irwin of Greenville; grandchildren, Cody, Gunnar, Austin, Gage, Chase, MacKenzie, Carter, TJ, Mattalyn, Liam, Samantha, Amanda, Miranda, and Raymond; brothers, Robert (Brenda) Aper of Perkins, Richard (Delores) Aper of Negaunee, Thomas (Karen) Aper of Perkins, and Gary (Ginger) Aper of Perkins; sister, Susan Aper of England; mother-in-law, Beatrice Osborne of Greenville; brothers-in-law, Victor (Deb) Foster of Greenville and Alan Foster of Dundee; sisters-in-law, Bonnie (Virgil) Hopkins of Greenville and Kathy (Bruce) Burr of Muskegon; and many nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William J. Aper. In keeping with his wishes, cremation will take place and no funeral services will be held. There will be a private family memorial service at a later date.