James J. Schlosser

James J. Schlosser, 67, of West Bend, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, March 23, 2007 at Kathy Hospice.

He was born on Aug. 7, 1939 in West Bend to the late Alice A. Schlosser. He joined the military in April of 1957 and was a War Head Specialist in the 2nd U.S. Missile Command.

After returning to West Bend, Jim worked at Gehl Bros. Manufacturing for eight years. He went to White House Milk Company as a licensed butter maker until they closed.

He then went to work for the city of West Bend Public Works Department, where he eventually served as director of Public Works.

He left the city after 17 years to work in the private sector.

In 1962, he married Dolores Jacklin; they divorced in 1976.

On Sept. 8, 1979, he was united in marriage to Loxley Ann Stirsman at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in West Bend.

Jim enjoyed baseball and bowling, listening to the shopping show, he was affectionately known as "Mr. Nasty," going to dinner, playing cards and dominoes and greatly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his loving wife and best friend of 27 years, Loxley; their daughters, Kimberly (Kenneth) Thein of Oostburg and Kristine Schlosser (special friend Fran "The Hulk" Metz) of Two Rivers; his ex-wife, Dolores Faber and their children, Linda Simon (special friend Don Carnduf) of Rochelle, Ill., Brenda (John) Gaddis of Milton, Ind. and David (Patricia) Schlosser of Elkhart Lake; his grandchildren, Jennifer, James and Madelyn Schlosser, Jesse Scholze, John Gaddis Jr., and Kendra, Cheyenne, Sierra and Konnor Thein.

He is further survived by his mother-in-law, Noreen Burns of Wauwatosa; three brothers-in-law, Paul (Pam) Burns of Wauwatosa, Michael Burns of Stanley, and Douglas (Carla) Burns of Buck-eye, Ariz.; three sisters-in-law, Barbara (John) Richter of West Bend, Carol Rau of Milwaukee and Janice Burns of Orlando, Fla.; special friends, William and Colleen Pionke of Jackson, James (Sue) Ostrom, Marty (Lois) Buckman, Dr. Kurt (Janine) Schaarschmidt, Michael (Faith) Watson, Rev. Scott (Kelly) Weimer, Ron (Debbie) Buck, all of West Bend, and Rev. James (Debbie) Lewis of Juneau; his aunts, Amelia Gubin, Ruth Schlosser, Evelyn (Sylvester) Schrauth and Johanna Schlosser; his uncle, Roland Schlosser; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and other dear friends.

He will also be missed by his Bible study group, Wayne and Barb Brix, Downer and Joy Kilby and Tom and dear friend, Karen Zarder; his precious cats, Miss Kitty and Carmel; and his constant companion, Trevor, his dachshund.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Helen and John Schlosser; his mother, Alice; his uncles, Wilbert, Sylvester and John Jr. Schlosser; Aunt Cecilia and Uncle Nick Jungers; cousins, Richard and John Schlosser; his father-in-law, William Burns; a brother-in-law, Gary Burns; and beloved dogs, Taffy, Cocoa and Jake.

A memorial service to honor Jim will be held on Saturday, March 31, at noon at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, with Rev. James Lewis officiating.

Cremation will take place at Paradise Cremation Services of West Bend.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.


A special thanks is extended to neighbors, Glen and Betsy Gerber, Donald and Mary Frohmader and Daniel and Carol Schladweiler; to the caring staff at Kathy Hospice; and especially Dr. G. Michael Mosley.