James Kitchner, age 71, of Baldwin, formerly of Elmwood, died Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire, due to complications of multiple health issues.
Funeral service will be Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 12 p.m. (noon) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley.
Visitation will be from 9:30 - noon, Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Sacred Heart Church prior to the service.
Burial will be at a later date.
Jim was born September 1, 1948 to Kenneth and Irma (Reitz) Kitchner at Plum City, Wisconsin. He grew up and attended school at Elmwood where he graduated with the Elmwood High School Class of 1968. Jim was drafted during the View Nam War and served 18 months in Germany, until May 1970.
On October 9, 1971 Jim married Linda Bates at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood. They lived near Elmwood where they raised their children. After their elderly family member passed, he retired and was diagnosed with cancer. Jim and Linda moved to Baldwin to be closer to their children and grandchildren whom he loved very much and helped care for the grandchildren.
He worked on the family farms and also worked for over 40 years art Badger Iron Works in Menomonie. He enjoyed the outdoors, buying and selling tractors and cars, and hunting. He enjoyed occasional trips to the casino and eating at the buffet. Jim was a wonderful, adoring husband, father and grandfather and loved spending time with family.
Preceding him in death are his parents Kenneth and Irma; brother Gary and his wife Eileen; Mary Winter, Joan Hartung, and Debra Flanders; father-in-law and mother-in-law James and Ilene Bates.
He is survived by his wife Linda; son Jeff of Hudson; daughter Jennifer (Dustin) Timm of Spring Valley; 3 wonderful granddaughters: Remy Kitchner and Macie and Kendra Timm; brothers Greg (Mar) Kitchner and Bruce (Juel) Kitchner; sisters Wilhelmina (Dennis) Traun and Kayleen (Kenneth) Noll; sisters-in-law: Mary Bates; Lori (Arnie) Nelson, and Sue; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
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