James "Jim" Rivett
1958 - 2018
Proko Wall Funeral Home
1630 East Mason Street
Green Bay, WI
James "Jim" Rivett

Green Bay - James Rivett, age 60, was a gentle soul and a peaceful man, who lived simply, loved joyfully, and gave generously. His outpouring to others often concealed his recent inner pain and struggle, which he fought bravely until August 23, 2018, when Jim died by suicide.

Born an east-sider on August 16, 1958, to the late Robert and Yvonne (Krueger) Rivett, Jim was a lifelong fan of both geographic sides of his beloved Green Bay community. He also loved every side of its population, welcoming diversity and supporting inclusion at every turn.

Jim attended St. Mary of the Angels Elementary School, and then graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1976. His summers were happily spent lifeguarding at Joannes Pool, but it was another lifeguard position that would bring Jim an altogether different level of happiness. In 1980, he accepted a lifeguard position at Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya. There, among the rewards of helping kids grow, grew a deep, abiding love when Jim met Pete Angilello. Together, they created a beautiful life and were officially married on June 24, 2016, after our country finally did the right thing, allowing people to marry who they love.

Jim was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing and minored in filmmaking. He pursued post-graduate study at the New York School of Visual Arts and at the American Paper Institute of New York, which fueled his interest in graphic design. He could have stayed in New York and prospered mightily. Instead, he chose to come "home." Here, he anchored himself and lived out his belief that creativity is never defined by a ZIP code.

Jim's professional career in advertising included prominent positions within the Goltz Agency, at Arketype, Inc., and most recently as president and creative director of his own agency, KHROME. Peers throughout the industry, including the American Advertising Federation, consistently recognized Jim's creativity, vision, originality, and leadership. He found inspiration everywhere—thrift shops, graffiti-sprayed railroad cars, urban street graphics, pop culture, music, movies. In January 2005, he was selected by GD: USA magazine as one of the country's 50 "People to Watch" in all of the nation's graphic design industry.

Throughout his life and career, Jim put his unwavering energies behind two main passions. The first was his profound love for the arts. Jim approached every artistic endeavor wholeheartedly and hands on. From personally designing ArtStreet posters, to publicly rallying an entire community around the restoration of the Meyer Theatre. From gathering grassroots financial backing for songwriting and music publishing through Artist Revolution, to serving on the board of the Fine Arts Institute at East High and promoting all its vital programs.

Recognition for Jim's advancement of the arts came in many forms throughout his years. Perhaps none was more gratifying to Jim than receiving the BCA TEN Award in 2009 from Americans for the Arts, an award given annually to only the top 10 companies in the country for their support of the arts in America.

Jim's second great passion was advocacy. In 1996 after reading The Celestine Prophecy and taking a cross-country trip, Jim embarked on a yearlong sabbatical. Knowing no Spanish, he volunteered to work in Costa Rica. He learned the language, tutored orphaned children who were victims of sexual abuse, experienced his first earthquake, and helped relocate homeless families living under bridges. He often said it was a year that forever changed his life.

His impassioned advocacy list was constantly growing: provide dignity and services for the homeless at the St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter; advance the availability of addiction support and recovery services through the Jackie Nitchke Center; promote healing and caring for abused children at Willow Tree.

And every year in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, classrooms throughout the community received free posters celebrating Dr. King's messages of respect, diversity, peace, and love.

Jim's greatest community give-back was lacing up his dancing shoes for the American Red Cross and raising $200,000, a record, individual-effort contribution that stands to this day. For his selfless commitment, he was recognized with the Clara Barton Honor Award in 2014, the highest award the American Red Cross bestows on volunteers. That same year, Jim accepted the Ethics in Business Award through the American Foundation of Counseling, an accolade that meant a great deal to a man of great integrity.

Jim, after all was a consummate giver—a giver of time and of treasures. Yet he was also a keeper, an adopter, and a guardian of the worthwhile, with a fierce loyalty that ran far and wide and deep. He kept his family, friends, co-workers, community, and animals close. He held on to found photos of total strangers, and cared about their mysterious legacies. He embraced the homeless, inviting them into his kitchen for a meal and a haircut. Jim cherished the old and the forgotten, the wrecked and the ruined. He was never, ever giving up on his 1999 Jeep.

Traveling gave Jim special enjoyment; it was a natural extension of his natural curiosity. He had visited Belgium and France to explore his heritage, backpacked Italy with Pete to discover his, and logged countless laugh-filled journeys with his dear brother John. But he always came home, to the one loving place that moored him. Here at home, he could be a second father to his sister Julie's sons. Here at home, he could cheer on his sister Jean's achievements. Here at home, he would also enjoy the company of chosen families, Milda and Jason Davis and their sons Kai and Lukas, Schaumburg, IL, and Bridgit Yunker and her children Griffin and Sedra, Verona, WI.

The Elkhorn Flea Market has lost a loyal customer, but Jim is home.

Jim is survived by his life partner of 35 years, Pete Angilello; siblings, Julie (Leif) Rolfsen of Grayslake, IL; Jean Rivett and her partner, Michelle Mueller of Green Bay, WI; and John Rivett of Palm Springs, CA. He is also survived by in-laws, Carl and Sara Angilello, Woodstock, GA; Phyllis Byrne, Janesville, WI; Sam and Diane Angilello, Hartford, WI; Christine and Tom Scott, Darien, WI; and Richard Angilello, Brodhead, WI. He will mostly be missed by his many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews who loved spending time with their "Uncle Friday." He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Yvonne Rivett.

Visitation will take place Thursday, August 30, at Old St. Joseph Church, 123 Grant Street, De Pere, WI, on the campus of St. Norbert College, from 2:30-6:00 p.m., followed by a Funeral Service at 6:00 p.m. with Reverend Jim Neilson O'Praem and Reverend Jay Fostner O'Praem officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center, a community partnership to protect, heal, and care for abused children, 503 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay, 54301, or East High School's Fine Arts Institute, which offers students the unique opportunity to build and hone their skills in all aspects of the arts, 1415 E. Walnut St., Green Bay, 54301.

Pete would like to extend his sincere appreciation to the family members, friends, and neighbors who have embraced him during this challenging time, and especially the Metalheads at KHROME for their never-ending loyalty and support of Jim. He loved you guys…please never forget that. Jim often said during his difficult days, "All I wanted to do, was to do good work." So let's continue.

Published by Green Bay Press-Gazette from Aug. 26 to Aug. 30, 2018.
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Jim, you are often in my thoughts. So curious what we may have been playfully collaborating on, supporting others. I miss you my friend. Forever a light in my heart. Thank you.
Mark Dockendorff
August 20, 2021
My spirit will forever be grateful for having connected with yours, that connection will always bring me great joy. Fly free, my friend!

Thank you, Jim.

There are so many thoughts and emotions that are flooding through me right now, as tears gather in my eyes. I want you to know that if I can be of any help to you, now or in the future, in any way (big or small) please reach out to me. I would truly be honored. I hope your spirit is shining bright!
Mark Dockendorff
March 28, 2019
Pete you may not remember me, but I volunteered at Danz library for a bit and had the pleasure of "working" with you. I enjoyed getting to you and then Jim while working for a company for whom he did graphic design. Although I did not know either of you extremely well I can only say I am so sorry for your loss and the loss of a great part of our community.
Julie Rosinsky
September 3, 2018
Like Jim, I attended St. Mary's of the Angels, but moved further to the East-Side of town, before having met Jim.

Loved dearly by family & endless friends, Jim obviously was a special soul. It would have been my pleasure to have met him in this life.
September 2, 2018
For those whose lives you have touched in so many ways big or small, we will never forget you. We love you still. Tom and Jan ( Weber) Bice-Allen
Janese Bice-Allen
September 1, 2018
Mourning the loss of a friend today and forevermore (Jim Rivett). We worked in the ad biz together and have known Jim for over 30 years, first as a supplier to his agency, then competitor and friend.
The ad biz is a crazy one. Consistency is rare. Egos are high. Work days are fast pace. That is what makes it fun and challenging. What strikes me is my experiences with Jim show a strong pattern of consistency. Few people have consistently shared as many fruits of the spirit as well and in so many ways as Jim.
SPREAD LOVE - If you were around Jim you felt loved. There was an openness to ideas and sharing collaboration leaving you more enriched when finished. You can feel it.
LIVE JOYOUSLY - Just hanging with Jim for a few minutes and you know he lived joyously. The natural uplift you gain left you wishing for more time with him. Its like you could never get enough.
PROMOTE PEACE - I don't know of any another agency/s who put more effort into promoting acceptance, equality and peace. The campaigns were brilliant and made you evaluate your own actions with a higher bar.
KINDNESS - Most competitors provide quite a stiff arm when in company with them. Not Jim. He was kind. Understandably guarded but kind and always open to listening to different points of view.
FAITHFULLNESS - I can't speak to Jim's religious faith, but am witness to his faith in people and human ingenuity. He always believed there was a creative solution to a problem. Whether it be a ad campaign, a human resources issue or what to wear, Jim's faith in creating was felt.
HUMILITY - I think this is my favorite spirit witnessed in Jim. I never minded losing work to good shops and his was a good one. He wasn't boastful in his glory and responded with respect when our paths crossed again.
Quite honestly, it was hard to compete against Jim. Usually the only way you'd win is if the customer was just too conservative. Yet with all of his spirit shining through you'd still want to spend time with the man...the consistently good man.
It's hard to say goodbye to a person you looked up to as an example in so many ways. I can hope that I'm a better person for knowing Jim. I know the world is better with you having been in it. Condolences to all who were close to Jim. Rest in Peace my friend.
Mark Elliott
August 31, 2018
Pete, my condolences. I did not know Jim but heard many lovely, fun stories, through the years, about the delight the two of you together brought to those around you. So sorry for your loss. He was loving and kind--so much like you. You are in my thoughts.
Mary Jo Scanlan
August 30, 2018
My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Pete and Jim's Family. Jim had touched so many hearts, including mine. He hired me to work for him when I just graduated from college. He looked out for me, knowing I did not really know anyone or my way around in Green Bay. He was such a fun and caring guy who made such a positive impact in the lives of everyone as well as the community. I will truly miss him.
Karla Tierney
August 30, 2018
A Champion among champions! The absence of your earthly presence has left a monumental void in the lives and hearts of the entire community. Rest now and forever in heavenly peace.
Lisa Iapalucci
August 30, 2018

" I will brighten your darkness"
To my dear friend, like your Leo sign the sun, sunflower, lion and gold, Jim you will always shine bright in our lives. You will continue to be the heartbeat of the universe, sole source of our lives energy....
We have all looked to you for advice, mentoring and much more...... I thank you for being so loving, faithful, and a tenderhearted friend......I will never forget you, until we meet again, your forever friend Carey
Carey Goltz
August 30, 2018
To Pete and Jim's Family,

I am so sorry for your loss.

We shared lots of great times "back in the day." Jim was one of a kind and he will surely be missed.

My fondest memory was when Jim glued his Fiesta pitchers to the stairs so they wouldn't get knocked over. He was such a character. He was crazy, kind, generous and loved by all who knew him.

Ralph Persico
August 29, 2018
Chad & Tracy Goltz
August 29, 2018
I did not know Jim, but because I saw a post from Shelley long, I chose to read up on him. Everything I read makes me say Wow - if only there were way more of Jim to go around. He sounds like the most decent, loving human being that everyone that knew him will have a place in their heart ♥
Where Jim will always live.
My condolences❤
Sandra Kenyon
August 29, 2018
August 29, 2018
To Pete and Jim's family, tho we didn't know Jim, (which sounds like our loss) we know Pete and our hearts go out to you all. We cannot imagine your pain. But we're hoping that your love and memories will help you get thru this painful time. When someone you love becomes a memory , that memory becomes a treasure.

May God's love help you thru this difficult time.

Sharon Bauknecht and Karen Bauknecht Van Sistine
Two Rivers
August 28, 2018
I've known Jim most of my life, I met him when he was a lifeguard at Joannes Pool, and as life went on would run into him on occasion in the area. Jim was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I cant even imagine the pain of his loss that his partner and his family must be feeling. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Your family and this community has truly lost a wonderful soul. Rest in Peace Jim, gone but never forgotten.
Cindi DeBauche
August 28, 2018
I am so very very sorry. I can't even put into decent words what Jim's friendship meant and will always mean to me. As co-workers at Prange's in the early 80's I've never laughed so hard and had so much fun working alongside someone. 'Work' was never 'work' to Jim, his creativity and boundless ideas and energy for everything and every project he touched inspired us all. We built a great team of people and friends in Green Bay and he honored and respected every one of us no matter what we were going through.
His goofy antics and sense of humor made him a joy to be around, parties were better, events funnier, and the world a truly better place with his generosity and creativity. I remembered always thinking "I hope Rivett's going to be there" before an event....

I have our beautiful wedding shots he took for me to remember his creativity and amazing charm with people and copies of his films I will watch over and over again.

He built great firms and made everything easier for everyone he touched.

He taught me how to find the good in things.

He will be dearly missed in this world. Rest in peace now my friend.

Pete please take care and know you're in my heart.
Kay Krebsbach
August 28, 2018
Kay Krebsbach
August 28, 2018
I did not know Jim or his family but I want to send my deepest condolences to all who knew and loved him. This is beautifully written and brought tears to my eyes. Jim was a beautiful soul and will be sorely missed. I walk with you in this pain and sadness. You are all in my heart.
Brigette Murphy
August 28, 2018
Jim is an extraordinary person , my first knowledge of him was his spectacular painting that hung in the East High cafeteria... many years later I had the opportunity to share with him my thoughts of that painting in person. He made a difference, we must go out and do likewise.

Bill Mielke , Green Bay EAST class of '78
Bill Mielke
August 28, 2018
I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother, Jean. I am also sorry I never met Jim.
He sounds like a Beautiful soul.
Linda Nelson
August 28, 2018
Although I did not know Jim I feel deep sympathy for your loss. Such a special person will live on in the hearts of his loved ones forever. Pete, you and Jim are in my thoughts and prayers.
Joy Hurley
August 28, 2018

Thinking of you and sending prayers to you and your family at this time. May you find peace in the days ahead. Please let me know if I can help in anyway.

Teresa Terzich and Family
Teresa Terzich
August 28, 2018
What a heart breaking loss...
August 28, 2018
To both of you remember the fun we would have at your garage sales. I was so sad to read of Jims death, so sad, I went to his dancing night too. Pete I will pray for peace in this terrible time for your heart. Always love doris
Doris Trimberger
August 27, 2018
I will always feel blessed by Jim for his friendship with my son Charlie Bennett. He was a childhood friend and over the years they lost touch with one another. But as Grace would have it, Jim sought my son out when he needed a true and loving friend.

He never gave up on Charlie and continued caring and loving him even while he was in prison. In deep gratitude for all his goodness on earth.
Betty LaSorella
August 27, 2018
Jim was a friend of my son back in the years when he lived in Green BAY. While I only spent time with Jim once, we had spoken on the phone and conversed via Email many times during those years. He was always kind and pleasant and I was impressed with his caring manner. I remembered him with fondness all these years since. My sympathy to his family and close friends who have lost a wonderful man.
shirley Czulewicz
August 27, 2018
Our warmest condolences to Pete and the entire Rivett family! You are all in our thoughts! Our neighborhood will never be the same without Jim!
Jana, John, Hana Dettlaff
August 27, 2018
a loved one
August 27, 2018
Jim, you are a sweet and gentle soul. You are so loved and you will be missed on this Earth plane. May your heart now be filled with divine love and peace. You and Pete always seemed to "save the day". I love you both. Thank you for being a wonderful neighbor and friend.

Love always,

Ginese Walker-VandeHei
August 27, 2018
Not seeing your smiling face and enjoying all of your crazy antics, will leave me with a sad heart. Watching our families grow up and spend time together (happy memories) will always be remembered. You were a special son, brother, uncle, mate, and friend. Forever missed and loved.
Laurie Zonoozi (Heyrman)
Laurie Zonoozi
August 26, 2018
This is a sad, sad day. Jim will be missed by all who knew him.
August 26, 2018
shawn oconnor
August 26, 2018
You will be deeply missed. Forever in my heart you and Jim.
Barbara LaViolette-Neerdaels
August 26, 2018
Jim, You brought so much love to so many people! Know that your name will forever be imbedded in so many people's hearts!

Pete and family members, know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this terrible time!
Karla Charlier Albers
August 25, 2018
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