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James Robert Benotch

10/19/1942 - 02/16/2022
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James won the race to be with His Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior, with his family by his side on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. James was born on October 19, 1942, in Appleton, WI. In 1960 he graduated from Kaukauna H.S. Jim attended U.W. Fox Valley. He served in the Army Reserves. Jim married his cherished wife, Mary, on October 15, 1966. He was employed by Allis Chalmers, Jim’s Car Wash, and Appleton Papers. Jim held various office positions on the Board for Justin Court Association for over 25 years. He was an avid volunteer for Make-A-Wish, Give Kids The World in Florida, We Care of Appleton, and tutored in various schools for years. Jim enjoyed spending time and making memories with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jim enjoyed his 1964 Pontiac GTO and had so many cherished memories attending car shows and get-togethers with Valley Classic Cruisers. Jim was a terrific softball coach for girls from young ages thru senior league-even achieved winning the City Championship. Jim enjoyed watching sports-especially the Packers and Brewers. Participating in church softball teams and dartball leagues, driving for Bergstrom Automotive, candy-making, being “Mr. Fix-It”, and enjoying the lake were additional pastimes.

Jim was treasured and loved by his wife of 55 years, Mary (Jahns) Benotch; his two daughters, Laurie (Myrl) Benotch-Olson and Jennifer (Benotch) Dordel; grandchildren, Bradley (Kody) Dordel, Alex (Cassidy Edler) Dordel and Alysen Dordel; his great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Rosemary. Jim is further survived by his brother, Jack (Jackie) Benotch; many nieces, nephews and family friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy (Martzal) Benotch, Oscar and Loretta (Freier) Jahns; brother, Don (Gwen) Benotch; sisters, Pat (Benotch) Sanchez and Janet (Benotch) Bodway; and Bill Jahns.

A visitation for family and friends will be on Sunday, February 27, 2022, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church 8 S. 4th St. Winneconne. A funeral service will be held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the church with Pastor Ben Berger officiating. Entombment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton.

“If you’re gonna love somebody, hold ‘em as long and as strong and as close as you can ‘Til you can’t…” See you soon in Heaven our dear Jimmy, Dad, Grandpa, and Poppum!

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Jim's honor can be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church for Children's Continuing Faith Education.

If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

Pete and Etta Hensler wrote on February 28, 2022
Mary and Family, We are holding you in our hearts. We shared some fun times together! Sending you strength and love.

Sue Tabbert wrote on February 21, 2022
This is such sad news. My sympathy to you Mary as well as to Laurie and Jennifer. Praying for you all. With love, Sue Tabbert

Mary Harper wrote on February 21, 2022
I have no doubt Jim is in heaven with our Lord and Savior. I know he kept his faith strong by hearing God's word. I will gladly give a memorial in his memory to our church for continuing the faith education of children. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mary.

Diane Gall wrote on February 19, 2022
Mary & Family, Lifting you all up in our prayers. So many great memories with Jim at VCC events over the years! Thinking of you all & blessings to your family.

Julie Van Den Brandt wrote on February 19, 2022
Mary and Jen, I’m so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. There are no words that I can say to make this better except for “take it one day at a time”. Julie

Jim & Ann Chesnutt wrote on February 19, 2022
Our Condolences to Jim's Family. We'll miss the burnouts in your Goat. We didn't see you enough in the past few years.

Barb Hackel wrote on February 19, 2022
Condolences to the Benotch family. Barb Hackel

Bill and Mary Mys wrote on February 19, 2022
We are saddened to hear of Jim's death, and express our condolences and sympathy to Mary, Laurie, and Jennifer and their families. We first met Jim and Mary when they lived on Minor St., in Appleton, across the street from us. He was a kind and unassuming man, an extremely loving and doting Father and husband. We remember when he drove his new Pontiac GTO, and the color was orange. He had the best smile anyone could possibly have, and he had the patience of Job. He was a perfectionist in most of what he did, both inside and outside of their newly built home on Carpenter St., custom built by Harvey Raether. When Mary was so busy as an elementary school teacher at McKinley School in Appleton, bringing home papers to grade and having parent-teacher conferences, Jim was always there, taking care of the girls, Laurie and Jennifer. He helped with the cleaning, doing dishes, whatever it took to make the home clean and comfortable. He did all of the work hiimself when they finished the lower level of the Carpenter St. home. We will always remember his laugh--strong one! We will always remember taking our bicycles, with rather crude carriers on the back, for our kids and riding through the cemetery trails in Riverside and St. Joseph Cemetery in Appleton. We enjoyed the backyard barbecues and drinking some beer to go along with it, although Mary did not like beer--she preferred wine. Mary, daughters Laurie and Jennifer were so fortunate in having a husband and father like Jim. In his Obituary photo, he looks the same as he did when he was much younger. Rest in eternal peace and happiness, Jim. Gone but never forgotten. With love, Bill and Mary Mys

Becky & Tyler Higginson wrote on February 19, 2022
We will always treasure Jim as a dear church friend, helping to guide our girls’ faith and strong Christian values. He was also a dear mentor to Tyler and me in out faith journey helping us through typical challenges of parenthood. Jim, you will be missed, but thankful to know you made it to your perfect peace in Heaven with Jesus. Sending love and support to Mary and their whole family. Love, Becky and Tyler Higginson