James Watry, 70, of West Bend, passed away at Kathy Hospice, town of Polk, on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006.
Jim was born in Belgium on Sept. 10, 1936, son of Emil and Clara (Anzia) Watry.
He served in the U.S. Navy for 12 years, going overseas to Korea and Hawaii.
On Jan. 27, 1968 he was united in marriage with Sue Ellen Yankunas at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lake Church.
The couple moved to the West Bend area in 1971.
Jim most recently had worked as a clerk at the VA Center in West Allis.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in West Bend, the Belgium American Legion Post 412 and the West Bend VFW Fred A. Schaefer Post.
He had been an avid hunter and fisherman, especially enjoying the Great Lakes.
Trips to the casino and friendly games of sheepshead were also pastimes that he liked, as well as spending time outdoors and tending his roses.
Survivors include his loving wife of 38 years, Sue Ellen; his brother, John (Kathy) Watry of Mukwonago; and sisters-in-law, Mary Kay (Philip) Stone of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Ann Marie (William) Mikyska of Hingham.
He is further survived by nephews, Brian Watry of Muk-wonago, and Christopher (Hil-lary) Watry of West Allis; a great-nephew, Theodore Watry of West Allis; other relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Concep-tion Church, 406 Jefferson St., West Bend.
Father Mike Moran will officiate, and inurnment will follow later at St. Mary Cemetery, Belgium.
The family will receive visitors at the church on Thursday from 4-7 p.m.
Memorials are suggested.
The Eernisse Funeral Home of Port Washington is assisting the family.
Online condolences can be made at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.