SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) - The community of Coopersville said goodbye to a long time coach and teacher Saturday. The funeral was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spring Lake with around 1,000 people there to remember to Jim Meerman.
Meerman graduated from Coopersville High School in 1977, before spending 30 years coaching at the school. He was the varsity football coach for 25 years. Meerman was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame last year.
His teams went 177-77, with 8 conference titles, they also finished State runners-up three times, in 1991, 2000, and 2006. He retired from coaching in 2010.
Meerman died at the age of 55 on Monday after a long battle kidney cancer.