Jerome D. ‘Jerry’ James, 71

Jerome D. "Jerry" James, 71, of Kewaskum passed away Wednesday Sept. 28, 2011 at his residence. He was born and raised in Milwaukee, graduated from Custer High School, and then joined the Marine Corps. He married his first wife Susan Shklerikson in 1962. After the marriage ended, he later married his second wife Linda on Feb. 23, 1979. He loved fishing and was a great fan of the Packers. Jerry perfected the deep fried turkey. 

Jerry is survived by his wife and lifelong best friend Linda, children Kimberly (Curly) Knoblauch, Troy James and Tammy (Mark) Thompson; and grandchildren Ryan, Kyle (Jodi), Adam, Kolin, Dakotah, Leah and Gavin; two great-grandchildren Lillian and Emrick; and brother Patrick (Karen) Vanselow. He is further survived by nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. 

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents David and Elaine (nee La Court); daughter Whitney (the late Bruce) Slominski; son Toby; and sister Sandy. 

A memorial service will be held 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive) in West Bend with Rev. Robert Korytkowski presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home Saturday, Oct. 1 from 1:30 p.m. until time of service. 

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. (262) 338-2050 or