RACINE - James Ralph Dederich, age 84, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday evening, April 18, 2013. James was born in Racine on September 26, 1928 to the late Joseph and Odelia (nee: Jackley) Dederich. Following graduation from St. Catherines High School in 1946, he faithfully served our country with the United States Army in WWII. On July 1, 1950, Jim was united in marriage with the love of his life, Beverly J. (nee: Hansen) Dederich at Holy Name Catholic Church. He spent his entire working career at JI Case Company. Jim was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church, Moose Lodge #437, and the Case 20 Year Club. He enjoyed fishing and was a loyal Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers fan. Above all, he was so very proud of his grandchildren and loved being surrounded by his family. Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 63 years, Beverly; daughter Leah Calo of Couch, MO; former daughter-in-law Susie Lemanski of Racine; grandchildren Erica (Christopher) Frye of Madison, John (Jen) Drascic of Elkhorn, and Jeni Drascic of Sikeston, MO; sister Mildred Braudrick of Kenosha; sister-in-law Shirley DeMato of Chicago, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Frank Dederich and Bob Dederich, sisters Genevive Hansen and Mary Luedtke, as well as his beloved son, Jay Dederich. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place. A memorial service celebrating Jims life will be held in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Tuesday from 12:00 noon 1:00 pm. Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory 4600 County Line Rd. 552-9000 www.draeger-langendorf.com
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Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd.
Racine, WI 53403
Published in Racine Journal Times on Apr. 21, 2013