James Dekanich (November 30, 1951 - December 16, 2021)

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James Dekanich
  • November 30, 1951
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  • December 16, 2021

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James Dekanich of St. James City, FL, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 16, 2021. He was 70 years old. James was born in Sheboygan, WI, on November 30, 1951, to the late William Dekanich and Angeline (Shircel) Dekanich.

James enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved to remodel homes and even built his own home. James worked most of his life at KOHLER company. He also built and opened a bird store which he helped run (on his days off from KOHLER) with his wife, Deborah. James enjoyed his retirement in Sunny Florida, which was a lifetime dream.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Deborah; son, James Dekanich, Jr. of Stockton, Utah; daughter, Tracie Lynn Dekanich of Manitowoc, WI; with 6 grandchildren and 10 brothers and sisters: Susanne (Dean) Adams of Elkhart Lake, WI, Jeffery (Kim) Dekanich of Wadsworth, IL, Agnes (Frank) Vrtochnick of Sheboygan, WI, Paul (Justine) Dekanich of Sheboygan, WI, William Dekanich of Edmond, OK, Judith (Michael) Van Akkeren of Othello, WA, Michael Dekanich of Sheboygan, WI, David Dekanich of Sheboygan Falls, WI, Sandra Kregel (Thomas Faue) of Elk River, MN, and Debra (Tracy) Loose of Sheboygan, WI; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Susan Dekanich, a sister-in-law, Martha Dekanich, and brother, Roger Dekanich.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place with no public service to be held.

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  1. Loren Kapelka says:
    03 Jan 2022
    I knew Jim since the early 70's while working at Kohler. He was a good man and we had many discussions over the years. May his rest in eternal peace.

  2. Thomas A Field says:
    22 Dec 2021
    Best of thoughts in this difficult time. I worked with Jim for many years at Kohler. His knowledge, work ethic, commitment were second to none. He made vast improvements to safety and production on one of the largest molding machines ever made in the world. As the Kohler saying goes: "He who toils here hath set his mark". Jim surly did that.

    Tom and Sue Field

  3. Roe says:
    22 Dec 2021
    Debbie, I sorry for the loss of your husband. Sending prayers Roe (Diane’s friend)

  4. Bill Dekanich posted an image:
    21 Dec 2021
    Fond memory! Just Hanging out with my Bro!
    Fond memory! Just Hanging out with my Bro!

  5. Steve M. says:
    21 Dec 2021
    I had the honor and privilege of working with Jim in the Iron Foundry at Kohler Company in the 1990's. Exceptionally talented, he was truly one of a kind and instrumental in improving and keeping the Herman Line running. Seeing the picture of him in the hot tub giving 'partial thumb up' (on this obituary) reminded me of how this happened. Rest in peace sir!

  6. Shirleylee Strohschoen says:
    21 Dec 2021
    Hi Deb
    I am so sorry to hear about Jim. Please take care and I am sending prayers for you and your family

  7. Susan E Peckham says:
    21 Dec 2021
    Dear Deb. My thoughts are with you and The Family. The pictures posted are how I will remember Jim. Always a Great sense of Humor. Take Care

  8. Rich posted an image:
    21 Dec 2021
    Joking around and Laughing right after calling me an as^%}{{#% because I got the picture … lol
    Joking around and Laughing right after calling me an as^%}{{#% because I got the picture … lol

  9. Rich posted an image:
    21 Dec 2021
    One of my favorites as I was  one of the few that was able to capture a smile and us having a great time.
    One of my favorites as I was one of the few that was able to capture a smile and us having a great time.

  10. LeeAnn Huny says:
    21 Dec 2021
    My sincerest condolences Debbie! May your memories of Jim give you strength at this difficult time! You are in my thoughts and prayers. I just so very very sorry for your loss

  11. Roxanne Ninneman says:
    21 Dec 2021
    Deb, So sorry to hear about Jim. I lost my husband almost 4 years ago and although it takes time to get used to being without our loved one, you just need to take one day at a time and surround yourself with your kids and grandkids. They were the best healing medicine for me and I hope yours will be the best for you as well!
    Jimmy & Traci you both have my deepest sympathy as well.

  12. Diane Richards says:
    21 Dec 2021
    With my deepest condolences for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family! Love, Diane

  13. Carrie Villarreal says:
    21 Dec 2021
    Deb, we are so sorry for your loss. We're thankful for the time we got to spend with you and Jim in February. Know that our prayers, love and hugs are with you.
    Nando and Carrie

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