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In Memory


James Hannes


James  A. Hannes Sr.


James A. Hannes Sr.

October 26, 1943 - August 3, 2018 
Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin 
Resided in Wausau, Wisconsin


James “Jim” A. Hannes Sr., 74, Wausau, died Friday, August 3, 2018 at home, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

He was born October 26, 1943 in Kenosha, son of the late Henry and Alice Hannes. On June 1, 1968, he married Joan Weise in Kenosha. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 

Jim was a 1961 graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha and furthered his education at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Math. He was a veteran of the United States Army. His entire professional career was spent at Wausau Insurance, retiring in 1999. He was a former member of the Stettin Lions Club and a board member the Marathon County Youth Hockey Association. 

Among his favorite pastimes, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends at their cottage up North, attending his grandchildren’s many sporting events, and his Tuesdays playing cards and/or golfing with the guys. Jim recently took up woodworking as a hobby and built beautiful furniture for family members.

Survivors include his loving wife, Joan Hannes, Wausau; two children, James Jr. (Renae) Hannes, Wausau and Jennifer (Chad) Cook, Cumming, GA; three grandchildren, Abigail and Cole Hannes and Kendall Cook; two brothers, Richard (Susan) Hannes, Kenosha and Henry (Barbara) Hannes, Casper, WY; brothers and sister-in-laws, Barbara (Dewey) Reilly, Susan (Mike) Seramur, Tom (Bonnie) Weise, Nancy (Ed) Tutas, and Barbara Hannes; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Hannes; one nephew, Jason Hannes; and father and mother-in-law, Gene and Joan Weise.

A service celebrating Jim’s life will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 at The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 330 McClellan Street, Wausau, WI 54401 at 11:00 am, with visitation from 9:00 am until the time of service. 

Memorials may be directed to The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, the Wausau West Hockey Booster Club, 6103 Stettin Drive, Wausau, WI 54401 or the Marathon County Youth Hockey Association, P.O. Box 176, Wausau, WI 54402.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Avenue, Wausau, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


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08/06/18 07:29 PM #2    

Bernard Covelli

So sorry to hear that Jim has passed away. I have so many great memories of our friiendship since elementary school thru high school. We only lived a few blocks from each other so we walked to Lincoln jr as well as Allendale, downtown, Southport beaches in all kinds of  weather. Of course i got my driver's license first and then it was picking him and Jack Siebert up to find the girls and scoop the loop. There were so many fun times and laughs that we all shared, the memories just flood into my mind. I was happy to see Jim and Joan at our 50th class reunion.....catching up on of the fun times. RIP my friend,you will always be in my thoughts.  

08/06/18 07:37 PM #3    

Linda Veale (Elsen)

I grew up next to the Pete and Louise Hannes and their ten kids so I knew Jimmie and brothers and parents through them.  Always thought Jim was so cute and a swell guy..  Wonderful family and I am sure he had a wonderful growup family too.  So sad to lose the good ones like him.  May he rest in peace. 

08/06/18 07:50 PM #4    

Jack Siebert

From 5h grade through 9th grade we were the three musketeers; rarely did one do something without the other two being present. As Bernie said, walking the town, scooping the loop, jumping into Lake Michigan when it was way too cold for any human being, whatever.  I am very sorry to hear of Jim's passing, but I take solace in knowing that he lead a good and interesting life.  My condolences to his family and friends.

08/06/18 09:45 PM #5    

Cherie Krohn (Ketchum)

I remember Jim mostly from Lincoln Jr - really don't know 'how' I got to know him, but remember he was always one of the funniest!!!  Making jokes in class and always smiling and laughing.  My condolescences to Joan and the family.  Sad to lose another classmate.  You are remembered Jim!


08/07/18 06:34 AM #6    

Dianne Horvat (Neu)

Jim was one of the nicest people one would ever want to know.  I remember him so well from junior high school and on.  The three musketeers (Jack, Bernie and Jimmy) were always very close to our group of girls.  Saw him and Joan at our 50th......such a good visit catching up on each others lives.  I am so sorry very for his passing.  I send my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to his family.  RIP Jimmy!

08/07/18 08:58 AM #7    

Rita Martino (Ginocchio)

There are some names from our high school days that bring a smile to your face just mentioning it. Jimmy Hannes was one of those names. He had the nicest, most likeable personality plus that ever present shock of hair hanging over his eyes added to his "cute guy" factor. I doubt he had many, if any, enemies. Reading his bio and all he accomplished, including a loving family, tells me it was a life well lived. Rest in peace, Jimmy. You will be missed but never forgotten.

08/07/18 05:39 PM #8    

Milton Hagopian

Sorry to here o Jim's passing. May you rest in peace, Jim.

08/07/18 06:14 PM #9    

Jean Munger (Ainsworth)

Jimmy and I had lots of fun with his gang and the Pia Goda Paladins at Lincoln. One time after a hay ride, Jimmy and I got into a pretend scuffle and ended up rolling in the mud. Sweet memory. So long dear pal.

08/07/18 11:16 PM #10    

Eva Poole (Gilson)

I rember Jimmy most at Lincoln Junior High; I think we were in homeroom and classes together in seventh and eighth grade. He was so very, very bright and extremely good at math. I remember watching him and probably all his brothers play baseball in Lincoln Park. His brother Hank was only about ten--the day I remember best watching them. Hank was so small, and his brothers seemed so big. Hank still hadn't grown into his ears! It seems to me that all the Hanes boys really put on the inches after they reached their mid- and/or late-teens. I think John Sturino was in an art class with Jimmy, and me; we made enamel jewelry of some sort.... I wonder if John remembers that.... It was in a basement classroom I think, with a Mr. Eckholm? Could that be right? Also I remember that we had the pink and black fashion-fad during our 7th-8th grade years. Anyone else remember that? Jimmy dressed neatly and fashionably! Jimmy was a lot of fun! Had a great sense of humor. And he was handsome like all the Hannes boys. Best wishes to his close family--deep sympathy. Eva

08/08/18 07:33 PM #11    

Patricia Malko (Aiello)

Jimmy brings back so many good memories.  I mean he was one of the pack.  We ran in the same circle of friends all through Junior High School.    Oh my gosh we had so much fun, so many good stories.  I am so sorry for his passing but will cherish all the good times.  

My deepest condolences to Jimmy’s family.




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