James L. Tietjen
1954 - 2015
Feerick Funeral Home - Shorewood
2025 East Capitol Drive
Shorewood, WI
Tietjen, James L. Born to life February 12, 1954. Entered the fullness of Eternal Life November 30, 2015. Loving son of George A. and Corrine Tietjen. Dear brother of William and the late Thomas Tietjen. Jim was married to his best friend and loving wife, Debra (Snyder) Tietjen for 38 years. Together they raised five loving children; Katherine (Barclay) Tylicki, Joseph, Molly (Zach) Bobeck, Margaret, and Jennifer Tietjen. He was the proud grandpa of Beckett Tylicki. He will be missed by his best pal, Goose. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Jim was a graduate of Whitefish Bay High School, and UW-Whitewater. Jim worked for Milwaukee County as a lifeguard and Aquatic Director, retiring from administration with the County in 2012. From 1985 to 1996, Coach Tietjen held various coaching positions, and returned as Head Coach of the Blue Dukes from 2002 to present. In 2014 he was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and was named the North Shore Conference Coach of the Year three times. Jim was a very proud and dedicated Blue Duke, from his time as a coach to even naming his landscaping company Duke's Landscaping. Coach Tietjen's most important contribution was the way he built character in young men and influenced their ability to achieve. Visitation will take place at the Feerick Funeral Home on Friday, December 4 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. (Additional parking available at Atwater School.) Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 AM at St. Monica's Catholic Church, corner of Silver Spring and Santa Monica. Interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Coach Tietjen's name to the Blue Dukes Gridiron Club, c/o Whitefish Bay High School, Attn: Blue Dukes Gridiron Club, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave, 53217. TietjStrong

Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Dec. 2, 2015.
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always a nice guy, positive and supportive...r.i.p. jim
craig au
August 15, 2016
Jim was one of my biggest champions as a Milwaukee County Lifeguard especially during my time at Bradford Beach. A most significant experience to be on his team in those days...Tough love leadership, high standards and kind support. Thank you for your life lessons of character and tenacity. Peace and love to the whole Tietjen family. Rest in peace Jim...Kris Skarie
Kristin Skarie
April 6, 2016
Jim Was my fifth-grade and sixth-grade football coach at Holy Family Grade school in Whitefish Bay. His younger brother, Tom, was my best friend. Jim always loved football and coaching. He was very funny, witty, and outspoken about everything. I can see what a great influence he had on the lives of his players. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family. I know his brother, Bill, and wife, Debbie, from long ago.
Rick Roseneck
December 9, 2015
I am very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He will be missed by many.Tom Taylor
Thomas Taylor
December 7, 2015
My deepest sympathy to all of you. We lost another Great Milwaukee County ex-lifeguard! I was privileged to have known all the Tietjen boys. Connie (Rittman) Krahn
Connie Rittman-Krahn
December 6, 2015
There is now a huge hole in the community of Whitefish Bay due to the loss of Coach Tietjen. The father of "Duke Pride" was a great friend and mentor to all that knew him, extending far beyond the football field. My sons and I never missed a home game as I would point out Coach Tiejten and regale them with many stories about him. He will be sorely missed.
Ronald Ormsby (Class of '88)
December 5, 2015
My brothers and I will miss Coach Tietj greatly. He was our football coach and our boss in the mcpc lifeguard corps every summer in high school. He was a great leader in football, work and in life. Those brutal green bays and up downs prepared us physically and mentally for life's challenges. The summers in the corps were equally grueling, but rewarding. His gift to all of us who played and worked under him was the gift of character and perseverance. Thank you for everything coach. - Hirsch brothers
Kevin Hirsch
December 5, 2015
Our prayers go out to the Tietjen family. It would be fair to say that I can attribute successes in my life to Coach Tietjen (Tiej). His motivation and support remains with me today in the classroom, the weight room, and coaching football. After high school our paths kept crossing, at school, work I had done for Milwaukee Cty, and of course through football. We would always connect like no time had ever gone between us.

Jim is the embodiment of the Great Coach Lombardi's quote: "Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority." In Life and now in Spirit. He will be sorely missed.

Scooter (Class of '93)
Rich Cass
December 5, 2015
You will be missed coach. You had a profound effect on me not only as a player but as a man. Thank you,

Lindy '90
Patrick Lindemann
December 5, 2015
Working for Milwaukee County I had the opportunity to meet Jim a number of times. Great personality and entertaining at times. Thanks to the service he did with Milwaukee County, and the dedication he gave to his football team. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Matt Takerian
December 5, 2015
It was an honor getting to know Coach Tietjen as a member of the football staff at Milwaukee Lutheran. He has made an impact on my coaching. Im sorry I am was not able to be at the visitation and will not be able to make the funeral. I wanted to make sure I sent my deepest regards. - Coach Chris Marlow
Christopher Marlow
December 5, 2015
My heartfelt condolences are with the Tietjen family at this difficult time. May the great memories that you have of Jim ease your pain.

I knew Jim in the early to mid 1970's when I was one of a handful of female lifeguards in "the Corps". I will always remember his sense of humor--upon several occasions, he teased me to put in for a position of beach guard, saying, "the 'old man' would love it!"

May God bless you!

Cindy (Rittman) Sisulak
December 4, 2015
Dear Bill, family, and friends,
My sympathy to you all in the loss of Jim. Total performance was Jim's mantra and opening doors was his persona. The projects were always an adventure and so were the stories! Being a positive and humorous force just came naturally to Jim! Thanks Jim, for all of your help! You were a great coach and friend!
Jim Weinstock
December 4, 2015
I will never forget this good man who could think outside the box. The garage we moved from his house in WFB to Mequon is now his memorial. Rest in Peace Jim! Wally Stefan
Wally Stefan
December 4, 2015
Our condolences to the Tiejtjen family. Out thoughts our with you. The Wallis Family
Lynne Wallis
December 4, 2015
Dear Tietjen family,
Jim was my buddy, as were all you kids ! He treated me and all the custodians and maintenance folks with great respect always. I met Jim in 1985, while working in the Fieldhouse. We had a lot of fun and I was always eager to help out such a cool dude ! His nickname for me was Mad Dog ! I loved it. Jim,it was a pleasure to know you. What a good man you were. You will be missed very much.
My sincerest condolences to you all.
Rich from Brooklyn
Rich Manson
December 4, 2015
Dear Debbie, Katie, Joe, Molly, Maggie, Jenny and Bill,

My sympathy to all of you in your loss of JIm. He was a dedicated employee at Parks on whom I could rely to serve the public to the highest standards. He was an eager teacher to younger employees and held everyone around him to high standards, much like his coaching. He had a wry sense of humor and was not shy about expressing his opinion. I was sorry to read he had battled with brain cancer, so tough for all of you as well.

My fondest memories were of the Tietjen brothers disagreeing on a strategy or plan. The sibling rivalry was strong but the bond was solid if any outsider was critical of the other one! I don't know if JIm was part of the barrel rolling on Lincoln Memorial Drive, Bill, but I suspect he was.

May you all carry happy memories and keep him present in your stories.

Thinking of you at this tough time.
Brigid Sullivan
December 4, 2015
Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Tietjen Family. I was so fortunate to work with Jim at Lifeguard Headquarters. He was an amazing leader, mentor, and friend. His impact on so many while he was on this earth is incredible. Prayers for comfort and strength to all of you.
Todd & Julie (Ash) Kuzminski
Julie Kuzminski
December 3, 2015
December 3, 2015
Everyone that truly knew Jim Tietjen carries some of him within. I am proud to have been his protégé, friend and confidant. While I miss his physical presence, his spirit will always be with me.

My thoughts and prayers are with Debbie, Katie, Joe, Molly, Maggie and Jenny.
Keith Kalberer
December 3, 2015
Dearest Jenny and Tietjen Family,
Deepest condolences to all of you. Please know that so many thoughts and prayers surround you. May you all continue to have the patience, courage and optimism that are still so necessary. Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Fondly, Suzanne and Jack Kessler
December 3, 2015
My sympathy goes out to the Tietjen family. Jim was a mentor, coach and friend. Jim was always there when you needed a helping hand, advice or a good laugh.

Jimmy you will be missed by many!

Jack Takerian
December 3, 2015
My deepest condolence on the passing of an old friend. From the days of Lifeguard Corp to being a part of your wedding so many years ago. While life has separated us for miles, the memories of summers long ago are still vivid. Knowing the Tietjen family and working for George as a office attendant through high school and college those values followed me my entire life. Even today as we hire and train the next generation of high schoolers the values remain the same.

May he rest in peace with mom and dad and Tom.
Dale Jakubowski
December 2, 2015
We extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy to Debbie and the Tietjen/Snyder families. Jim was a "hoot" of a guy. He set the pace for hard work and high standards; (even for the K5 Blazer or that old Ford dump truck he bought for the landscape business). His kitchen remodeling skills were 2nd to none. He will be missed, but thank the LORD for the many great memories.
All our love....
-Sam & Kathy Santoro
Sam Santoro
December 2, 2015
Debbie my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gwynne Theres
December 2, 2015
My sympathy goes out to the Tietjen family. Jim was always a mentor, a leader and a positive role model. His drive and commitment to the things he cared about set the example for everyone around him. I will never forget him.
Michael T. Romas
MCPC Lifeguard Corps 75' 84'
Mike Romas
December 2, 2015
My sympathy goes out to the Tietjen family. Jim was always a mentor, a leader and a positive role model. His drive and commitment to the things he cared about set the example
for everyone around him. I will never forget him.
Michael T. Romas
MCPC Lifeguard Corps 75' 84'
Mike Romas
December 2, 2015

I want to extend my condolences to you and your family on the passing of your brother. I wish you nothing but "blue skies" during this difficult period.
Ed Anhalt
December 2, 2015
A life well lived...I consider it a privilege to have worked under Jim's command for several years. He was a tremendous leader both on and off the football field. My sympathies to the Tietjen family, he will be missed.
Carol Steffes
December 2, 2015
Robert Louis Stevenson once said, Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.

May your memories bring you peace and joy in this sorrowful time. Jim was a wonderful man and we are so very sad that we will not be able to spend more time with him. We were truly blessed to have met Jim and to have shared the joy of our children's wedding this past summer.

Our hearts break with yours, but memories will be your greatest blessing in the time ahead. We are here if you need us.

Greg & Bonnie Bobeck
Greg & Bonnie Bobeck
December 2, 2015
My deepest condolences to the Tietjen family. Jim will always be remembered as a very supportive boss and friend. This is a huge loss to Whitefish Bay and to Wisconsin.
Steve Thompson
December 2, 2015
I've been out of the Lifeguard Corps and away from Milwaukee for more than 30 years, but word spread fast among that network. I'll never forget working with Jim as my head guard, then my supervisor, and I'll NEVER EVER forget how tough it was to defend against him in the water polo games. All i have is great memories of a great friend, long missed.

--Andy Haig
Andrew Haig, M.D.
December 2, 2015
My condolences to Deb, the children and to Bill, as well all of Jims friends, students and players. Jim was my first roommate at Whitewater and later at the Lamda Chi House. We had so much fun and the stories abound. I'm so sad that this strong vibrant man is gone, but I'm sure he is now at peace and coaching those that went before in heaven. Rest in peace 'Gor.Tony Cefalu
Tony Cefalu
December 2, 2015
Coach Tietjen,
You will be missed dearly.
From Taj and Carmen Carter
Taj Carter(Class of 2015)
Carmen Carter
December 2, 2015
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