James N. Van Altena, 74
Oct. 6, 1942 — July 17, 2017
James “Jim” N. Van Altena, 74, of West Bend, caught his last fish on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee.
He was born Oct. 6, 1942, to the late Norman and Bernadine (nee Laubach) Van Altena in Milwaukee. On Aug. 8, 1964, he was united in marriage to Gloria Wiedmeyer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Menomonee Falls. Jim worked for the Falk Co. for many years until retirement. He was an extremely avid fisherman and enjoyed making his own lures and teaching his grandchildren how to fish. Jim enjoyed going fishing with his best friend Bobby. He liked hunting and playing golf. Jim was a very outgoing person and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Those Jim leaves behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Gloria Van Altena; a daughter, Connie Van Altena; five grandchildren, Amanda Choe, Anthony Van Altena, Damion Van Altena, Jordan Owens, and William Owens; a great-granddaughter, Olivia Choe; three sisters, Yvonne (James) Ellenberger, Susan (James) Badura, and Jean (Robert) Pritchard; a sister-in-law, Joan Wiedmeyer; a special friend and care giver, Cris Guenther; his fishing buddy, Bobby; and his two dogs, Toby and Fritz. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Van Altena; his father and mother-in-law, Raymond and Catherine Wiedmeyer; his brother in law, Raymond Wiedmeyer Jr.; and his two dogs, Tasha and Mugsie.
A funeral service in remembrance of Jim will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at the Myrhum Patten Miller & Keitzer Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend.
The family will greet family and friends at the funeral home Sunday from 3 p.m. until the time of service.
A special thank you to all of Jim’s CNAs and his neighbors for all their help and care.
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Jim’s arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.