James O. Guptill, age 83, of Beaver Dam, died on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at his home surrounded by his family.
Friends and family may gather on Monday, January 28, 2008 at the Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, and on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at St. Mark”s Episcopal Church in Beaver Dam from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The John E. Miller American Legion Post #146 is invited for a walkthrough on Monday night at 7:00 PM. The funeral service for James will be on Tuesday at the church, at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Mary J. Mail officiating. Burial will be at the Beaver Dam City Cemetery. The John E. Miller American Legion Post #146 will provide military honors.
James Oliver Guptill was born on August 6, 1924 in Horicon, Wisconsin to the late Herbert and Alice (Mieske) Guptill. On October 18, 1947, he was united in marriage with Una Mae Shepard at St. Mark”s Episcopal Church in Beaver Dam where he then became a member. James and Una Mae enjoyed going to dances, which is how they met, and they continued to dance throughout their marriage. James was employed at Metal Fab for over 25 years, working for the maintenance department. He was active with the Eagles Club and served as a past president. You could often find him cooking and serving for the Eagles Sunday morning breakfast. James would sell Christmas trees every year when his kids were younger and then sold vegetables at the farmer”s market. He was an outdoorsman and especially liked to fish with his grandson in his later years. The biggest joy in James”s life was his family and every minute that was spent with them was cherished.
James is survived by his four children, Mary Clark, Fond du Lac, Charlene Guptill, Beaver Dam, Thomas J. (Stacy) Guptill, Beaver Dam and Ann (Mark) Van Loo, Beaver Dam, his five grandchildren, Amy (Greg) Schaalma, Oshkosh, Eve Clark, Fond du Lac, Jena Clark, Beaver Dam, Breanne Van Loo, Beaver Dam, and Jaymes Van Loo, Beaver Dam, his two great grandchildren, Hannah and Rebekah Schaalma, Oshkosh. He is further survived by his eight brothers and sisters, Elanora Borja, Russell (Doris) Guptill, Alvin Guptill, Lester Guptill, Mildred (Eugene) Wackett, Ronald Guptill, Richard Guptill and Donna (Edwin) Freber, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Una Mae, on June 17, 2003, his three infant sons, and his brothers and sister, Clarence Guptill, June Miner and Raymond Guptill.
Memorials to the family would be appreciated.
The Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made on our website at www.MurrayFH.com.
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008, 11:00am, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church-Beaver Dam
Beaver Dam City Cemetery