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James R. "Jim" Destiche

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James "Jim" R. Destiche

Green Bay - James "Jim" R. Destiche, 82, passed in peace Monday, June 11, 2018. He was born on October 22, 1935, in Green Bay to Norbert and Eleanor (Huerth) Destiche.

As a child on the east side of Green Bay in the early 40's, and brought up on the virtue of hard work, Jim tended to the pony rides at Bay Beach Amusement Park. As a teen, he peddled sodas at the Packers games at old City Stadium, and then became ticket taker at the new Lambeau Field.

Having a passion for sports at a very early age, Jim excelled in football, basketball and baseball, and was recognized recently with an induction into the St. Mary's Menasha High School Sports Hall of Fame, as a member of the 1954 state champion baseball team. After his playing days were over, he became the ultimate sports spectator and statistician. Not only would he watch the Packers, Brewers and Bucks, but if the World Tiddlywinks Championship was on ESPN, he would even be able to tell you the stats and bio of each player.

Jim graduated from St. Mary's in 1955 and attended St. Norbert College. He then began his gratifying, 41-year career at Hartman Wholesale, ultimately Amerhart Ltd. That same work ethic saw him rise to the position of Credit Manager, company Treasurer and part- owner.

It was also during this time that Jim met a redheaded gal who stole his heart. He and Dianne were married in 1957 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. They were blessed being at each other's side for 60 years. Jim was devoted and loving to Dianne, their five children, eleven grandchildren and their first great- grandchild. He eagerly followed all their activities and was proud of all their accomplishments.

In their retired years, Jim enjoyed spending time with Dianne at their home in Lakewood. When the Martini light was aglow, the friends knew it was time to come over for drinks and to share laughs.

Jim had a devout faith in God. His faith led him to be a fiercely proud voice for the Knights of Columbus. He served the Knights until the very end, as Grand Knight, District Deputy, and Diocesan Membership Coordinator. His tireless enthusiasm was evident with each new incoming recruit, and every delicious batch of fundraising chicken booyah. He was the "Booyah Master" for many church and family functions.

Jim was a kind and loving family man, and a great friend to many. We love him and will miss him dearly.

Jim is survived by his wife, Dianne (Rebenitch); children, Kurt (Lisa) Destiche, Kari (Dan) Alvey, Kim (Dave Anderson), Lynn (Bill) Spice, David (Carmen Olena Rincon); grandchildren, Danielle and Christopher Destiche, Scott (fiancée, Stephanie Shepro) and Matt (Mellissa Chesser) Alvey, Olivia and Sam Anderson, Brenden and Logan Spice, Eli, Jackson, and Matias Destiche; great-grandchild, McKenzie Alvey; and brothers, Ralph (Bonnie) Destiche and Wally (Anita) Destiche.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Norbert and Eleanor (Huerth) Destiche; parents-in-law, Michael and Evelyn (Huncosky) Rebenitch; and sister, Gail Destiche.

Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, with a Knights of Columbus Service at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1484 Ninth St., from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. with Rev. Patrick C. Beno officiating. Burial will be in Nicolet Memorial Garden. To send online condolences, please go to

The family wishes to thank Father Patrick Beno and Sister Dorothy for their ongoing visits, prayers, and support; the staffs at Emerald Bay Retirement Community, St. Mary's Hospital, and St. Vincent Hospital for their care; and the love and support of all our family and friends.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from June 13 to June 15, 2018
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