Jim H. Pearce

  • Born: April 24, 1946
  • Died: July 29, 2019
  • Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Murray Funeral & Cremation Services, Beaver Dam

N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Tel. (920) 885-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Brother

Jim Hans Pearce, 73, of Beaver Dam, WI, passed away from respiratory complications on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Froedtert St. Joseph's Hospital in West Bend, WI.

A memorial gathering will take place on Monday, August 5th from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home, N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road, Beaver Dam. A memorial service will follow at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. with Father Mike Erwin officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the Beaver Dam American Legion Post #146, following the service.

Jim was born the son of Forrest and Martha (Kauranen) Pearce on April 24, 1946 in Park Falls, WI. He spent his early years in Chicago, IL and then moved to Itasca, IL. Jim graduated from Lake Park High School and attended Western Illinois University. He was proud to have served his country in the US Army, serving 13 months in Vietnam.

After his service, Jim worked in the building trades in the Chicago area. He worked on the John Hancock Tower and the Sears (Willis) Tower when they were being built. On June 21, 1969 he was united in marriage with Judy Brown at St. Malachy's Catholic Church in Horicon, WI. After 10 years of marriage, Jim and Judy moved from Illinois to Juneau, WI where they lived for six years. They then moved to Beaver Dam into the new solar envelope home they built together. In June 2019, they celebrated 50 years of marriage, during which he enjoyed cooking meals and baking for family and friends.

Jim was employed at Kraft Foods in Beaver Dam from 1979 to 2005, where he retired after 26 years as a Senior Maintenance Supervisor. He had been responsible for engineering and plant maintenance of the utilities, boilers, refrigeration and building maintenance. Jim received many awards during his years at Kraft: Superior Achievement Award 1998, the Above the Call of Duty Award 2001, along with others.

Jim had a God-given ability to look at something and know how it works – and then to fix it if needed. He was always willing to use this skill to help others. That included volunteering for the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre. He was a member of the Beaver Dam Radio Control Club and enjoyed flying his planes. He also loved his yearly fishing trip with buddies to northern Minnesota, which he did for more than 30 years. He even was able to make it one last time this June.

He will be deeply missed by his wife Judy; daughters Amy (Jorge Melara) Pearce-Hayden of Madison and Melissa (Tim) Schuett of Beaver Dam, as well as by his grandchildren: Pearce Hayden and Love Melara, Alanna and Reese Schuett; his brother Roy Dennis (Reneé) Pearce; and his sister-in-law Paulette Brown Sacksteder. Jim is also survived by nieces Ann and Katie Sacksteder, Stacey Pearce, nephew Cody Pearce, as well as other relatives.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, cousins, and a brother-in-law.

If desired, memorials in Jim's name may be directed to Beaver Dam Area Community Theater or St. Katharine Drexel School.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Judy and family, so sorry to read of Jim's passing. Heartfelt condolences to all your family. Your in our thoughts and prayers, take good care.

Posted by Terry amd Martha White - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   August 05, 2019


Dear Judy and family....So very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Jim; our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Don always liked reliving those Army days with Jim. He has suffered with health issues for way too long but has now been given eternal peace. Gods blessings.

Posted by Don and Sue Snyder - Horicon, WI - Friend   August 05, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Judy and your family.

Dave and Jan Nelson.

Posted by Jan Nelson - Friend   August 04, 2019

I was extremely saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Jim, along with Judy, were wonderful God parents to me and I will be forever grateful for that and your long lasting friendship with my entire family.

Posted by Brett Kinsfather - Chicago, IL - Family Friend   August 02, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Jim and the family going way back. Thank for being my brothers God parents. Please let me know if I can help.

Posted by Chris Kinsfather - Wonder Lake, IL - Family Friend   August 02, 2019

I am very sorry to hear about Jim's passing and send my sympathy to all of his family. He was such a key part of my Itasca school days. My first boyfriend (7th grade)! Such great memories. Saw him fleetingly at a couple of high school reunions. Sorry there had not been more contact. A wonderful man! I know he will be missed by all who knew him. Sincerely, Holly Clayson

Posted by Holly Clayson - Evanston, IL - Classmate   August 02, 2019

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Remember well the days he picked the kids up for school. Hugs to all. My God keep you all in his loving arms.

Posted by Harlo Hemling hemling - Beaver Dam   August 01, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and "metta" to you and your beautiful family

Posted by Annette Miller - Harwich, MA - Family   August 01, 2019

Judy & Family, My deepest sympathies to you. I really enjoyed my time working with Jim at the Beaver Dam Kraft plant and our personal friendship. Jim was an exceptional expert in maintenance and engineering and I depended greatly on him and he contributed much to that plants success and longevity. I also appreciated Jim's counsel on tough issues and respected his thoughtful opinions. He loved his family dearly and it always brought a smile to his face. God's blessings to you all. Joe Metzger

Posted by Jow Metzger - Lindenhurst, IL - Coworker   August 01, 2019

JUdy and family..My deepest sympathy to all. I will be at my daughter-in-laws graduation in Florida so will not be able to be at the service. Know that I will be there in thoughts and prayers of all.

Posted by bonnie bender - beaver dam, WI - Friend   July 31, 2019

Many thoughts and prayers sent for Judy and the family. Jim was an awesome husband and father.

Posted by Kathy and Greg Armstrong - Beaver Dam, WI - Family Friend   July 31, 2019

im so sorry for your loss, the few times i got to hang out with Jim was when he traveled to NY to visit Amy those few times were so much fun. He was such an interesting person and very humorous individual.. those times will always be cherished .

Posted by Paul Zenir - Holmes, NY - Friend   July 31, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss, may your good memories sustain you!

Posted by Deb Pascoe - WI - Neighbor   July 31, 2019

I am so sorry for your family's loss! Deepest sympathies!

Posted by Heather Draeger - Beaver Dam, WI - Family Friend   July 31, 2019


Judy and Family, All our love and sympathy to you and the family in your time of loss and grief. So sorry. At least now he is at peace.

Posted by Brenda & Bob Meyer - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   July 31, 2019

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