James Walters, 68, of Theresa, died in a ski accident in Heavenly Valley, Calif. on Thursday, April 6, 2006. He and his wife, Bridgette had been living there for the ski season.
Following high school, James served his country in the U. S. Navy for four years.
After graduating from college, he was a teacher for a short time. He spent one year working at Cape Canaveral Space Center in Florida before entering the business world.
He was an international business entrepreneur and enthusiast, and was instrumental in Jack Walters and Sons’ success throughout its 50-year history.
James remained on the board of directors following his recent retirement.
Last year he volunteered his services to the Red Cross and assisted in the hurricane relief efforts in New Orleans.
James was an active member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Theresa for 34 years.
He was an avid skier, enjoyed marathon running, biking with his grandson, Ben, and summers at his lake cottage with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his loving wife, Bridgette (nee Hartz) of Theresa and their two children, Wendy (Mike) Wade of Theresa and their children, Jeff, Peter, Ryan, Ben, Bridgette, Eric, Gabrielle and Matt; and Craig (Ann) Walters of West Bend and their children, Tygh, Sean, Samantha and Cali.
He will be sadly missed by all of us.
James is further survived by his mother, Alice (nee Luepke) Walters; a brother, William (Sandi) Walters and their children, Scott (Mary) Walters and Christopher (Heidi) Walters; his sister, Barbara (Tom) Zalewski; Patricia (nee Hartz) O’Neil, Jude (Chris) Sheridan, Mary (nee Hartz) Jack Cross, Jill (nee Hartz) Mick Schram, Matt (Lynn) Hartz, Jeff (Carol) Hartz and Tim (Sue) Hartz; an aunt, Bernice Lisko; nieces; nephews; other relatives, business associates and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Duquesne James Walters on June 13, 1992 and by his father, John August "Jack" Walters on Jan. 12, 1994.
A funeral liturgy will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Theresa.
Military rites will follow the liturgy and cremation will take place.
Relatives and friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.
The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum is serving the family.
Additional information and guest book may be found at www.millermartinfh.com.