Machurick, James S.
James S. Machurick, 84, Abrams, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, following a brief illness. The son of Steven and Verene (Exfred) Machurick was born August 15, 1929 in Milwaukee. His family moved to Sampson in 1932. Jim graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1946. On November 13, 1968, he married Charlotte Byng in Oconto.
Jim was a dump truck owner/operator from 1947-1950 and had been employed as a mechanic with Olson Transportation Co. and CW Transport from 1950-1988. He also owned and operated Jim's Bar in Abrams, from 1955-1999.
Jim was a founding member of the Abrams Fire Department, and served as its Fire Chief from 1968 - 1977. He was a member of St. Louis Church in Abrams and later, a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Sobieski.
Jim enjoyed working on engines. He loved playing and listening to polka music and had been one of the original members of the Dick Rodgers Orchestra. He played several musical instruments, including the trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, and drums.
Survivors include his children: Linda Young, Nevada, Mary (Bob) Hansen, Peshtigo, Steve Machurick, Sr., Green Bay, and Diane (Norm) Abts, Green Bay; seven grandchildren: Ron Ready, CA, Richard Hansen, Peshtigo, Robin Hansen, Peshtigo, Steve Machurick, Jr., California, Jeff (Keri) Abts, Menasha, Tami (Katie) Abts, NM, and Jason (Erica) Abts, Green Bay; two great-grandchildren: Mikayla Hansen and Gabriel Butler; a brother, Donald Machurick, FL and a sister, Patricia (Jim) Van Straten, TX; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, and a sister-in-law, Inez Machurick.
Friends may call at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 6051 Noble St., Sobieski, after 10:00 a.m. Saturday. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church, Fr. Everard Scesney, O.F.M. presiding, with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Stiles.
The family would like to thank the staff of Rennes East for their compassionate care, as well as Becky and Rick Wolf and all of Jim's nieces, nephews, and godchildren, for their loving care, support, and friendship.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.marnochafuneralhome.com