James W. Grager

James W. Grager, 81, of Slinger, formerly of Hartford, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2007 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 29, 1925 in Hartford to Bernard and Jose-phine (nee Simon) Grager, and married Beatrice "Bea" Burke on Aug. 25, 1947 at St. Kilian Catholic Church, Hartford.

Jim served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a member of the Hartford VFW Post 8834 and the Courtney-Carr-Milner American Legion Post 19.

Jim was the police chief of Hartford for many years, retiring in 1980, and was a life member of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association. He was also a member of St. Peterís Catholic Church.

Jim enjoyed golfing, fishing up north at his cabin and traveling, especially to Jamaica every year.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Bea; his brother, Robert (Lavern) Grager of Marinette and his sisters-in-law, Verna Feutz of Jackson, Marjorie Wenzel of Hartford and Lucille Burke of Aurora, Ill.

Jim is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters, Helen (Tom) Surrell and Elaine (Joseph) Pryal.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peterís Catholic Church, 202 E. Washington St., Slinger, with Father Richard Stoffel officiating.

Visitation at the church only will be Tuesday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Interment will be in St. Kilian Cemetery, Hartford, with graveside military rites conducted by the Hartford VFW and the American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Peterís Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society appreciated.

The Shimon Funeral Home, Hartford, is assisting the family.