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.