Watt, James L. "Big Jim"
James L. "Big Jim" Watt, 87, Green Bay and Sun City, AZ, died Sunday, August 4, 2013 at a local hospital. He was born June 25, 1926, in Wayside to Thomas and Bernice (Engels) Watt.
Jim proudly served in the United States Army. He fought in World War II in the Pacific Theater and fought on the Island of Okinawa where he received the Bronze Star for valor and the Purple Heart. Jim later fought in the Korean War where he received the Silver Star and his second Purple Heart. After the war he attended college at U.W. Madison where he also played football. Jim worked as a prolific salesman for various companies and spent the last 25 years of his career as sales manager for the Green Bay Diocese at Allouez Catholic Cemetery.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Patrick and Jo Watt, Pamela and Patrick De Wane, Keith Watt, Kathy Watt and her husband Todd Carlson, Cindy and Doug Erdmann, Jeffrey Watt, Jay Watt, and Cheri Watt and her special friend, Walter Gant; grandchildren, Brandon DeWane, Doug Erdmann, Jr., Angela (Eric) Lindstrom; great-grandchildren, Veronica and Maren Lindstrom; sisters and brother-in-law, Janet Bursek, Phyllis Rusleh, Helen (Dick) McDonell, Alice Jarr, Lois Wood; his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Kay and Ronald Engels, Audrey O'Neil; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, the mother of his children, Mary Lou (O'Neil) Watt; his brothers and sister, Robert, Raymond, and Virginia; and his granddaughter, Laura DeWane.
Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The Memorial Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pat Dennison B.C.C. officiating. Burial will be in Sunland Memorial Park, Sun City, AZ. To send online condolences please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
Jim's family extends a word of thanks to the staffs of St. Vincent Hospital E.R. and 9th Floor, and the Green Bay Fire Department E.M.T.'s.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7, 2013