James O. Harmuth, 83, of Oostburg, passed away Thursday morning, April 3, 2014.

James was born April 19, 1930, in Hungary, son of Imre and Maria Harmuth. He attended school in Hungary. As a teenager during the war, James became familiar with servicemen in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Later he was sponsored by several of them to come to the United States. He worked as a cook on the ship en-route to America. The Army Air Corps then arranged employment for him at Heinemann Kitchens after he arrived here. He later became a packaging machinist at Rock-Tenn in Milwaukee for 44 years until his retirement in 1995.

He met Anna Schoenfeld at the Croatian Hall in Milwaukee and married her Oct. 24, 1954.

He enjoyed bowling, yardwork, sheepshead, work, and his family.

James is survived by his wife of 59 years, Anna; his daughter, Mary (fiancé, Robert Hubinger) Tripp of Hingham; his son, James (Ellen) Harmuth of Port Washington; one grandson, Ian Tripp, currently serving with the U.S. Marines in Australia; one sister, Maria Oshcl of Germany; one brother, Laci (Renate) Harmuth, also of Germany; and one niece, Manuella.

Funeral services to celebrate James’ life were held Saturday noon, April 5, at the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg with the Rev. Bob Lotz officiating. Burial took place at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Sheboygan Falls.

For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.wenigfuneralhome.com.

The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Oostburg (920-564-2771) is assisting James’ family with arrangements.

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