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James “Jim” Clappier age 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on March 4th, 2019 at Linden Grove Nursing Home. Jim was born April 13th, 1942 to the late Jane Reed, in Milwaukee, WI. Jim graduated from Lacrosse Central High School in 1960. He married the love of his life Virginia Tietze December 29th, 1962. In 1964 he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from UW Lacrosse. Jim worked for Spurgeon’s Department Store for 35 years. In 1965 his work took him and his family to Iowa. In 1982, they moved back to Wisconsin. After Spurgeon’s Department Stores closed in 1994, Jim and Virginia invested in two different companies. The first was Hair Works out of Burlington, WI and the second was Uncle Harry’s Frozen Custard in Waterford, WI; which they owned and operated from 1994 to 2000. Jim and Virginia loved to travel together, and he took many photos of their adventures, one of their favorite spots was Siesta Key, FL.
Jim will be dearly missed by his loving wife Virginia; his children Eric (Kari) Clappier and Anne (Jeff) Wilber; and his adoring grandchildren Allison Clappier, Elizabeth Clappier, Christopher (Natalie) Wilber, and Megan Wilber. He is further survived by his brother Jack (Sharon) Clappier and his sister Bonnie (Tom) Lawyer.
Jim was preceded in death by his mom Jane and his siblings Tom and Susan Clappier.
A celebration of Jim’s life will take place on Saturday March 9th, 2019 at Integrity Celebration Center (2789 S. Browns Lake Drive Burlington, WI; Corner of Hwy 36 and County Hwy W). Visitation will be from 2:00pm to 3:45pm, followed by a 4pm memorial service and an ice cream social.
The family suggested all memorials be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
~All who were touched by him are better people for having him in their lives. He was and amazing husband, father, and grandpa!~