James L. Heller, 83
Nov. 3, 1932 ó Oct. 4, 2016
James L. Heller, 83, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at his residence. He was born Nov. 3, 1932, in Oshkosh to Lawrence and Estelle (nee Hill) Heller. Jim graduated from Oshkosh High School with the class of 1951, and soon after joined the U.S. Navy Reserves and also served in the Navy during the Korean War. On Sept. 26, 1953, Jim married Georgianna Otto and began their family. Jim retired from Evinrude Motors Co. after 32 years of service.
Jimís hobbies included coin collecting, camping with the grandkids, serving as a Boy Scout leader, ice fishing, traveling, doing rummage sales at 7 Mile Fair, but especially spending time with his family. Jim was a member of Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, KVETS, American Legion Post 36 and VFW Post 1393.
James is survived by his wife Georgianna; his children, Joseph (Pamela), Bruce (Nancy), Mary Lisa (James) Duenkel, Richard (Lauren) and Tracy (Thomas) Klesper; nine grandchildren, Chelsea and Breanna Heller, Angela and Thomas Heller, Jessica (Shawn) Schmidt, Aaron (Diana) Duenkel, Chance (Samantha) Duenkel, Simon Heller and Trenton Klesper; and three great-grandchildren, Kylieanna, Caliya and Ava, and a great-granddaughter due in December. He is further survived by his sister, Suzanne Rosentrater; brothers-in-law, Robert and David Otto; his canine buddy, Charlie; and other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Lawrence Eisner; brother-in-law, Gary Rosentrater; and sisters-in-law Louise and Carol Otto.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church (1044 S. Silverbrook Drive, West Bend) with the Rev. Darin Wiebe officiating. (Please meet at the church). Full military honors will follow. Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Phillip Funeral Home (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend). Interment will be at Washington County Memorial Park. Memorials to Our Saviorís Lutheran Church are appreciated.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.