Obit: Gaede, James J. (1936 – 2004)
Surnames: Gaede, Rush, Peterson, Frost, Ripp, Helmer, Danielson, Sanders, Bertels, Constock, Casper, Schultz, Jacobson, Cummings, Rowekamp
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Gaede, James J. (18 Apr. 1936 – 4 Feb. 2004)
James J "Jim" Gaede
Alma Center Wis., - James J. "Jim" Gaede, 65, of Alma Center died Wednesday, Feb., 4, 2004, at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
He was born on April 18, 1936, in Black River Falls, to Parents Clarence and Inez (Rush) Gaede. He graduated from high school in Alma Center and served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960. He married Joan Peterson on Aug. 11, 1962, at Upper Pigeon Creek Lutheran Church, rural Hixton. He was an auto mechanic and partner at the Alma Center Garage for 35 years, retiring in February of 2000.
Jim's family was always extremely important to him. He was also a very active community member. He served on the Alma Center village board for many years and served as village president. He was on the Alma Center Fire Board. He belonged to the Alma Center Lions Club for over 35 years, holding various offices, including president and district zone chairman. He was awarded the Lions Club Melvin Jones award for humanitarian service.
His favorite pastimes included deer and turkey hunting, playing horseshoes and working in his wood shop. He also greatly enjoyed NASCAR racing.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; one son, Jeff (Sheila) Gaede of Alma Center; one daughter, Jenny Frost of Clancy, Mont.; his mother, Inez Gaede of Black River Falls; one brother, Allan (Nancy) Gaede of Mesa, Ariz., two sisters, Carole (Gerald) Ripp of Tomah, and Judy (Helmer) Danielson of Black River Falls; four grandchildren, Stephanie and Shelby Gaede, Sloane Sanders and Aris Frost. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence.
Funeral services for James J "Jim" Gaede were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at Grace Lutheran Church, Alma Center, with Reverend Rick Bertels officiating. Burial with military rites took place in the East Lawn Cemetery, Alma Center. Friends called on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton and also one hour prior to services at the church.
Casketbearers were Herb Constock, Ray Casper, Dean Schultz, Junior Jacobson, Gary Cummings and Bob Rowekamp.
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