James E. “Jim” Plautz, age 77, of the Town of Texas, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, September 19, 2021. He was born September 4, 1944 in Merrill to the late Edward H. and Sophie (Bartelt) Plautz. On May 1, 1965, Jim was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary R. Plautz, a union that would last over 50 years. She preceded him in death in January of 2018.
Jim attended grade school at Trinity Lutheran Church and graduated from Merrill Senior High School. He worked his whole career at Wisconsin Fuel & Light (Wisconsin Public Service) as a Locater. Jim was a very loving and outspoken person who enjoyed fishing, spending time at the cabin, deer hunting, making maple syrup, snowmobiling with family and friends, and feeding the deer. He enjoyed helping out at his grandsons wedding barn, wood working and gardening, or anything else he could create with his hands. In his earlier years he enjoyed many camping trips with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his daughter: Michelle Plautz (Bryan); son: Brad (Rose) Plautz; two grandchildren: Christopher (Marling) and Jonathon (Kristina) Schultz; six great-grandchildren: John Henry, Ava, Lily, Isla, Paisley and Reese and one more on the way; brother-in-law: Kenny Graap and special friend: MaryAnn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, parents, father and mother-in-law, and sister, Carolyn.
A Memorial Service for Jim will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Scott Gustafson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the time of service, also at the church. Lunch will follow the service in the church basement. Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are welcome and may be left at www.waidfuneral.com.