James “Jim” T. Patitz
Age 84 of Glidden, died on April 23, 2014 at Ministry St Clare's Hospital in Weston, WI. He was born February 18, 1930 in Butternut, Wisconsin, the son of Ted and Mary (Meyer) Patitz. He married Dolores (Bauer) Patitz in Waukegan, Illinois on July 8th, 1952. To them were born two daughters, Zondra Rose and Teresa Ann. He attended schools in Glidden and graduated from Glidden High School in 1948. He was in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He also served in the US Air Force Reserves. He worked in a machine shop in Milwaukee,Wisconsin where he started a machinist apprenticeship. He continued his education in Seattle, Washington and completed his apprenticeship with Boeing Aircraft. During that time his first daughter, Zondra Rose, was born and he also received his certification in Railroad Telegraphy. His interest in telegraphy brought him to Portland, Oregon where he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for a brief time. He discovered his interests lied most as a machinist. To be closer to family, Jim and Dolores returned to their roots in Glidden in 1957 where they purchased the Meyer homestead and farmed for 17 years. While on the farm in Peeksville, their second daughter, Teresa Ann was born. The farm was sold in 1978 and Jim moved to Dubuque, Iowa where he worked for John Deere. He retired in 1983 and returned to Glidden, Wisconsin to his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Winifred “Fritz” Eder, his brother-in-law Jim Eder, and his baby grandson Zachary Butler.
He is survived by his wife Dolores, daughters Zondra (John) Foster and Teresa Patitz-Butler, grandchildren Heather Nicole (Michael), Norah Anne (Ardell), Leah Rose, Emily Ann, two great-grandchildren Ella Rose and Alia Jade, 5 nieces, 2 nephews, and many cousins and special extended family and friends.
Jim, Jimmy, Dad, Paco Grandpa – he was known by many names. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, reader and a history-buff. His memory was beyond compare and he was an excellent storyteller. A man of great stature, quick, wit and a kind heart, he was a blessing to know and will be greatly missed.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Glidden, at 11:00 am, Father Dean Buttrick will officiate.
Burial will follow at Most Precious Blood Cemetery in Glidden, with military honors under the auspices of the Glidden VFW and American Legion Posts.
A visitation will be held at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church at 10:00 am until the hour of service.
The Novitzke Funeral Home is assisting the family.