George J. ‘Jim’ Kranich, 77

George J. "Jim" Kranich, 77, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

Jim was born on April 23, 1933, in Milwaukee, to George and Viola (nee Pfeiffer) Kranich. He was a graduate of Whitefish Bay High School and the University of Wisconsin. Jim was also a proud member of the U.S. Navy. Jim loved nature, especially watching birds, and he also enjoyed watching sports.

Jim is survived by his children, John (Cindy) of Mequon, Sarah (Jeff) Kanter of Illinois and Kara Kranich of Illinois; and grandchildren, Jordan and Cameron Kranich and Bailey and Alex Kanter. He is further survived by his sisters, Janet (Richard) Duwe of California and Joyce Nyholm of Whitefish Bay, and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents and brotherin-law, Bob Nyholm.

A funeral service for Jim will be at noon on Saturday, March 26, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 777 S. Indiana Ave., West Bend, with the Rev. Robert Hein presiding. Visitation will be at the church only on Saturday, March 26, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Interment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park. Memorials are appreciated to the American Cancer Society.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.