James Kotek

James "Jim" Kotek

Tuesday, July 14th, 1931 - Friday, January 8th, 2021
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James “Jim” W. Kotek, 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2021, at his home with his family. He was born on July 14, 1931 to Adeline (Arentz) and Frank Kotek on Middle Ridge. He attended grade school at St. Peter’s Catholic School on Middle Ridge and then attended Cashton High School. On October 20, 1951 he married Doris Ann Braschler at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Bangor. The next spring he started farming. He loved farming and cared for his crops and cattle. He loved to plant and harvest the corn and would study the farm magazines for new ideas. In his later years he cared for and enjoyed his shorthorns and angus cattle and enjoyed being a top producer when he sold his cattle. He was a wonderful husband and father and loved and cared for his family.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, of 69 years and his sons Jeffrey (Pam) of Decorah, IA, James Jr. (Carol) of West Salem, WI, Jonathan of West Salem and Jared (Jenny) of Harmony, MN; a daughter Julie of Dallas, TX; 16 grandchildren Crystal (John) Morgan, Sam, Jon (Renee), Janet (Mark), Kortney (Nick) Getter, Elizabeth (Tom) Jostad, Margaret, Jason, Carissa, Justina (Brody) Wandling, Jennifer (Kevin) Hinrichs, Bethany, Katryna, Michael, Erica and Jacob; 16 great-grandchildren: Levi, Maddie, Donovan, Delaney, Landon, Livia, Kora, Connor, Kaylyn, Victoria, Vera, Jeffrey, Frank, Evan, Jenna and Maycn. Two sisters-in-law Alice Kotek and Jean Kotek and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Wilfred and Elmer and a sister Lillian Kaiser.

A private family service will he held on Saturday January 16, 2021 with Burial in the Burns Cemetery. The Fossum Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting with the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

The family offers special thanks to the Mayo Dialysis Unit in Onalaska for their tender loving care for the past 3 ½ years.
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    Burns Cemetery
    BANGOR, WI 54614
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    Burns Cemetery
    BANGOR, WI 54614
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Alice, Chuck, Steve, and Mary Lyn

Posted at 06:08pm
As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of Uncle Jim.
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Lori. Turner

Posted at 12:21pm
To Doris and your family I am so sorry for your loss and only got to know Jim in the last 2 years at dialysis but I just enjoyed hearing about his farming and cattle and his family Lori Turner

Thomas Kotek

Posted at 10:14am
To the family of James Kotek, Jim was not just my uncle but a man I admired. He truly lived his life to the fullest and loved every minute of it. He will never be forgotten and held dear to my memories.
Our Love and prayers are with you all.
Tom and Deborah Kotek

Tom and Deborah Kotek

Posted at 09:36am
Doris and family . Wish we could be with all of you but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Kevin Kotek

Posted at 06:56am
To the family, his memory will be cherished forever. Love, Kev and Dolly
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