Wavrunek, James J.
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James J. Wavrunek, age 78, of New Holstein, WI died April 23, 2014 in Appleton, WI after a long struggle with Leukemia.
James was born April 21, 1936 in Black River Falls, WI to the late Joseph and Edna (Collins) Wavrunek. He was raised in Neillsville, WI where he graduated from St. Mary's Grade School and Neillsville High School. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in biology from UW Stevens Point and over time received his Master's Degree.
He served four years in the Navy attaining the rank of Lt. JG; serving in Japan and the Philippines aboard the USS Kearsarge where he witnessed the launch and descent of the space craft piloted by Wally Schirra. After the Navy, he moved to New Holstein to teach Biology at New Holstein High School until his retirement.
Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, and traveling.
Survivors include his sisters, Audrey Speier of Ripon, WI and Kathleen (Arnold) Pichler of Eau Claire, WI; a brother, Thomas (Joan) Wavrunek of Neillsville, WI; and a sister-in-law, Marian Wavrunek of Colby, WI; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Joseph and Edna Wavrunek; brother, Bernard Wavrunek; nephews, Tom Pichler and Mark Speier; brother-in-law, Norbert Speier; and many other relatives.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the Sippel Funeral Home 2618 Altona Aveneue New Holstein, WI 53061. Military Rites conducted by the New Holstein American Legion Post 124 will follow.
A time of gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday May 24th at the Sippel Funeral Home from 11:00 AM until the time of services.
A Memorial Fund will be established in his name for a science scholarship at New Holstein High School.
For additional information, please contact the Sippel Funeral Home (920) 898-4300 or visit www.sippelfuneralhome.net
Sippel Funeral Home
2618 Altona Avenue
New Holstein, WI 53061
Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on May 19, 2014