James ‘Jim’ A. Bathke, age 66, of Gleason, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston with his family by his side after long hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born to the late Wayne and Virginia (Skibba) Bathke on December 20, 1952 in Milwaukee. Jim attended and graduated from Riverside High School in Milwaukee. He then completed an apprenticeship with Allis Chalmers.
Jim was a machinist for many years, most recently working at Ball Manufacturing printing cans. He was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed spending time in the woods cutting wood with his sons and grandsons. Jim adored his grandchildren and “grandpups” and would look forward to the next time he would see them. His passion was riding and working on his motorcycles, taking many trips over the years with family & friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Jim is survived by his daughter: Tania (Shannon) Hoffman of Wausau, sons: James (Rachel) of Merrill and Stephen (Patricia) of Antigo, 6 grandchildren: Shawana, Walker, Wyatt, Austin, Tylor and Willow, brother: Richard (Ann) Bathke of Greenfield, WI, sister: Marilyn (Tom) Goodman of Oak Creek, WI, 3 step-siblings and sister-in-law: Sandy Bathke of Antigo. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father: Ray Andrews and brother: Daniel Bathke.
A Memorial Service for Jim will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 3pm at Waid Funeral Home in Merrill. The Reverend Gregory Laska will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 1pm until the time of the service, also at the funeral home.
Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.