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1929 James 2023

James R DeBauche

July 9, 1929 — August 13, 2023


James "Jim" De Bauche, 94, of Schofield, WI died on Sunday, August 13, 2023. Jim was born to the late Emmons and Mayme (Beno) De Bauche on July 9, 1929 in Green Bay, WI. He graduated from Green Bay East High School and went on the earn degrees from UW-Madison and UW-Madison Law School.

While in college, Jim's sister Donna introduced him to the love of his life Carole Slatky. They were married on June 26, 1954 in Green Bay and were together for over 70 years. Shortly after their marriage, Jim enlisted in the US Army and served his country from 1954-1956. They moved to Wausau in 1965 and then to Schofield in 1970.

Jim loved playing golf and was a member of the Wausau Country Club for over 50 years. He later discovered the joy of curling and spent many hours with friends and competitors at the Wausau Curling Club. He was also very active in St. Therese Catholic Church, and he and Carole went on Church trips to the Holy Land, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Ireland. They also loved visiting Door County, making it their one special trip a year.

Jim believed in giving back, he served for many years as a Schofield Alderman and for a time as Acting Mayor. He served on countless civic committees and took special pride in his work on behalf of the Everest Metro Police Department.

Jim is survived by his wife Carole, sons; John, Kansas City, MO and Robert (Gina) Madison, WI, daughter; Mary (Steve) Wheeler, Westmont, IL, brother; Gary, Green Bay, WI, seven beautiful grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Jim is preceded in death by his son; William of Kansas City, MO, his brother, Robert of La Crosse, WI, his sister, Donna of Milwaukee, WI, and his grandchildren Emily and Jessica of Westmont, IL.

Memorial services for Jim will be held at 11 AM on Friday, August 25, 2023 at St. Therese Catholic Church with Father Joseph Albert officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to service. Luncheon will follow service in the church fellowship hall with Burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Kronenwetter afterwards.

Jim's wishes were for memorials to be given to the Wausau Curling Club, 1920 Curling Way, Wausau, WI 54403 

Military Honors are rendered by VFW Post #338

Arrangements are made by Brainard Funeral Home-Weston Chapel

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