Kremers, James M
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Our father, James Morgan Kremers passed away at his home in Oshkosh on Thursday, November 7, 2013, following a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born on July 26, 1926, in Milwaukee the son of the late Dr. Alex and Miriam (Morgan) Kremers. Jim graduated from Mercer High School in 1945 where he played basketball. He entered the Army Air Force Military Cadets in 1945, and was stationed in Seattle, WA at Boeing, where he entered B-29 Specialty School. During WWII Jim flew over Iwo Jima and worked for a radio station for two years. He was also stationed in Guam where he flew C-46's and C-47's. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Pre-Med for almost 2 years. On May 25, 1953 he married, Charlene Gerritsen. Jim was a successful salesman before becoming the residence management chef for a private resort; The Sugarloaf House in Green Lake, WI in 1990. In addition to running the Sugarloaf House, Jim and his wife, Charlene also ran the restaurant at the Great Northern Lodge in Mercer, WI.
Jim and Charlene loved traveling, gardening, and cooking. He was an excellent cook who made the best soups! We are so thankful for all the cooking tips throughout the years, if any of us had a cooking questions, Dad had the answer.
Jim also enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography and bird watching. He had the best fed birds in Oshkosh. If he didn't have food in the feeders the birds would look at him through the picture window, wondering where the food was! He was an avid Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger fan. He also enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his children, Alexis (William) Schlichting of Oshkosh, Debra (Richard) Haszel of Mundelein, IL, Keith (Debbie) Kremers of Oshkosh, and Laura (Doug) Tyson of Oshkosh; grandchildren: Mark, Greg, Jess, Trisha, Matthew, Jason, Amy, Danielle, Kayla, Lindsay and Spencer and 7 great grandchildren: Jacob, Alex, Ashton, Owen, Charlie, Reid, Ean and his first great granddaughter, Averie James who is due in February; sisters: Fay Porter of North Fond du Lac and Miriam "Ginny" (Bill) Henker of Wautoma, and a brother: Dr. George Kremers of Charlotte, N. C. and his extended family including many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Charlene "Charlie" Kremers, his parents; and brothers, Jack, Robert, and Bill.
To honor our father's wishes, there will be no funeral, only a private family memorial. He lived and died on "his own terms". James and his family would like to thank all of the people who touched his life. A special thanks to Affinity Hospice for the great care they provided during his final weeks, especially Cindy, Dr. Coenen, his VA doctor, Dr. Kraemer, and Dr. Bechard and his assistants Vicki and Sheila. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to The
, Day-by-Day Warming Shelter in Oshkosh, WI or Affinity Visiting Nurses-Hospice Services. .
God has you in his keeping, and we have you in our hearts. Say Hi to Mom for us we are happy you are with her and your family in heaven. All our love, your children; Alexis, Debbie. Keith, Laura, and all your family.
Fox Cities Funeral and Cremation
3026 Jackson Street Oshkosh, WI 54901
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Nov. 10, 2013