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James J. Engelhart

June 22, 1935 December 19, 2015
James J. Engelhart
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James Joseph Engelhart of Frederic, WI passed away December 19, 2015 at the Frederic Nursing and Rehab facility.

Jim was born on June 22, 1935 in Trade Lake to Joseph and Viola Engelhart. Jim graduated from the Frederic High School in 1953 and then attended barber college in Eau Claire where he also met the love of his life, Lavonne. They were married in August of 1955 in Bloomer, WI. Celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this past summer.

Jim held many jobs in his life. He owned and operated a barbershop in Cushing for 6 years and then he and Lavonne moved to Lewis in 1965 and purchased the Lewis Bar. Jim later opened a new barbershop there. After they sold the bar, Jim sold real estate and Prudential and Banker's Life Insurances. He drove school bus for the Frederic School District until his retirement.

Jim was a member of the Pilgrim Lutheran Church for close to 50 years. He served on the Daniels Town Board, the Burnett County Board of Supervisors, and the Frederic Rural Fire Department Board for many years.

Jim and Lavonne purchased a donut wagon in retirement and enjoyed their summers traveling to area community events. They made many new friends along the way.

Jim is preceded in death by his loving wife, Lavonne; parents, Joseph and Viola Engelhart; in-laws, Leonard and Lucille Siverling; sisters, Joan Chelmo and Betty Tromberg; sister-in-law, Diane Engelhart; and brothers-in-law, Tom Chelmo and Lloyd Siverling.

Jim leaves behind his children, Greg (Barb) Engelhart, Tammy (Bruce) Chell, Jackie (John) Kurkowski; grandchildren, Joe Engelhart, Josh (Heidi) Chell, Amanda (William) Shafer, Melissa (Vince) Hull, Jeremy Chell and friend Jennifer, Ashley (Jayce) den Hoed, and Austin Kurkowski; great-grandchildren, Mason Chell, Brennan, Skyler and Brayden Shafer, McKenna and Declan Hull, Samantha and Dylan Oman; brother, Robert Engelhart; sisters, Ruth Ann (Roger) Young, Jean (Joe) Pellegrino, Fern Brunclik; sister-in-law, Judy Siverling; many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic on Monday, December 28th from 5 to 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will also be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church on Tuesday, December 29th at 11:00 a.m. with one hour visitation prior to the service. Rev. Paul Peterson will be officiating.

You are invited to sign an online guestbook at or . Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-327-4475 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.

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