James P. ĎJimí Dengel, 82

James P. "Jim" Dengel, 82, found peace at the Cedar Community "Sunrise Cove" on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010.

Jim was born on April 17, 1928, in West Bend to George and Theresa (nee Jansen) Dengel. He was united in marriage to Mary (nee Stempe) on Oct. 24, 1964, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend.

Jim graduated from West Bend High School in 1946, where he lettered in football, baseball, basketball, track and tennis. After high school, he worked at Amity Leather. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served from 1950 to 1954, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. In 1959, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a bachelor of arts in physical education. He was a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa, physical education fraternity. After graduation, he taught for a short time at Edgewood High School in Madison. He then moved back to West Bend to work for Karl Kircher and Jim Niebauer at the West Bend Pharmacy. Jim then joined the M&I Bank as an installment loan officer and later served as vice president and manager at the M&I Bank-South office. He retired in 1991.

Jim loved sports! In his early years, he enjoyed playing softball for Feetís. Later in life, he played golf in the senior league at Hon-E-Cor. Jim was also a member of the American Legion Lt. Ray Dickop Post No. 36. He was also past president of the Washington County Draft Board No. 75 Selective Service System.

Jim is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Jay (Pam) Dengel and Tracy (Dan) Stahlkopf; and grandchildren , Katelyn Dengel, and Ethan and Will Stahlkopf. He is further survived by his sister in-law, Rose Dengel; and many other relatives and dear friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Howard, Robert, Vernon Dengel and Margaret Potter.
 
A memorial Mass of Christian burial for Jim will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1025 S. 7th Ave., West Bend, with the Rev. Jeff Haines presiding. Gathering will take place from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Inurnment to follow at Washington County Memorial Park with full military honors.

Memorials are appreciated to the Cedar Community Garden Project for the Coves (Attn: Bonnie Yogerst, 113 Cedar Ridge Dr., West Bend, WI, 53095) or the Alzheimerís Association (620 S. 76th St. #160, Milwaukee, WI, 53214-1549).
 
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.

Jimís family would like to thank the nurses and staff of both the Cedar Community "Sunrise Cove" and the Cedar Community Hospice for their care and compassion.

Jim was a kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, friend and neighbor. He will be dearly missed.