JAMES “JIM” RICHARD PENKWITZ

A funeral Mass for James (Jim) Richard Penkwitz, 80, of Plymouth will be held Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth.

Father Dan Volkert, Saint John the Baptist and Father Richard Mirsberger (cousin of Jim’s wife, Lois) will celebrate the mass.

Visitation for Jim will be held at the Schneider Funeral Home and Life Tributes from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 and from 11:00 a.m. until the time of Mass on Thursday.

Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Jim peacefully entered his eternal life surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren Thursday evening April 2 at Grafton Aurora Medical Center where he had been a patient for eight days.

Jim was born November 19, 1934 in Plymouth, the son of the late Edward and Elinor Penkwitz.

He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1952 and served in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1957. He was then employed by A & P Food Store in Plymouth until 1966 at which time he joined the Plymouth Police Force and found time to change oil and replace exhaust systems at Zeke’s Mobile gas station on Mill Street. He retired as sergeant from the police force in 1986 and began an enjoyable second career at the Quit Qui Oc Golf Course that same year. He retired from there in 2006 as Superintendent of Grounds.

Jim met his future wife, Lois Winkel (St. Anna) at the Sheboygan County Fair where he followed her around. They were later married on June 16, 1956.

Jim is survived by his loving and patient wife, Lois; children Michael (Ann Ziegler) Penkwitz, Karen (Wayne) Hogue, and Jeffrey (Teresa) Penkwitz; five grandchildren; Jason (Valerie) Hogue, Kellen (Jamie) Hogue, Lori (Mitchell) Adams, Marla (Clayton) Brath, and Leanna Penkwitz; five great grandchildren; Amelia, Hannah, and Molly Hogue and Wilson Adams and one sister Ann DeTroye.

Preceding Jim in death were his parents, Ed and Elinor, older brother John, grandson Eric Hogue and brother-in-law William DeTroye.

Jim was an avid golfer who got his start on the golf course by traveling from Plymouth to Elkhart Lake regularly to caddy. He formed many great relationships with ownership, staff, and fellow golfers at Quit Qui Oc and was a pretty good golfer in his own right. He also formed nice relationships at the Dodger Pines Golf Course in Vero Beach, Florida, former home of the Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training Facility. He was a Starter on that course during the winter months when Lois and he vacationed in Vero Beach.

Jim was likeable, opinionated, humble, had a great sense of humor and fun to be around.

He will be missed by his family who will continue to pray for him and look for his guidance from above.

A memorial fund is being established in his name.

The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Kream’s office (particularly Amy) and the staff at Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and Grafton Aurora Medical Center.


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