James Michael Demulling of New Richmond, died suddenly on Sept. 30, 2021. He was 76.
He was born March 25, 1945, in Osceola, to Edward J. Demulling and Anna R. (Schwan). He was baptized on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, at Assumption Catholic Church in East Farmington, which remained his church for the duration of his life.
His primary years were spent at Oak Knoll Country School. He graduated from Osceola High School in 1963 where he enjoyed wrestling and FFA. The following two years were spent studying agriculture at UW-River Falls.
Jim married Connie Majerus on Sept. 12, 1970, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bellechester, Minn. They raised three children together and were blessed with eight grandchildren. Jim and Connie loved to travel and visited 42 states and many countries.
His first job was at Champion Aircraft in Osceola before working at Andersen Windows for over 34 years. At age 55 he retired to enjoy time with his family and friends. Farming filled all years of Jim’s life whether it was raising chickens, pigs, dairy cows, beef cows, or crop farming.
Jim was born with a heart problem and at the young age of 10 traveled to Chicago to undergo experimental open-heart surgery. He was one of the first people in the country to successfully undergo this surgery. In 2006 and 2018 he had additional heart surgeries at Mayo Clinic. All who knew Jim knew how special his heart was. He gave selflessly and humbly to anyone who needed help. He volunteered weekly at Adoray Treasures from the Heart Thrift Store spending hours in the basement fixing treasures for resale. Making people laugh and feel loved was important. To know Jim is to know that he had a corny sense of humor and was master of the “dad joke.”
His faith led him to be a member of the Knights of Columbus and to be elected and serve as a trustee with Catholic Order of Foresters on the state court for three years and the national board for 13 years. These roles allowed him to travel throughout Wisconsin and attend national meetings throughout the country. He enjoyed being an usher, Eucharistic minister, and council member at Assumption, and having prayer partners with students at St. Anne School.
You could often spot Jim wearing clothing showing off his favorite teams, and he was ready to discuss the Packers, Brewers, or Badgers to fellow fans regardless if they were friends or strangers. His friends enjoyed playing cards, hunting, and fishing with Jim. Ice fishing was a favorite activity, until he gladly gave it up for the warm beaches of Florida for the past two decades.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Anna; brother, Dalton; sister, Rosceil Germain; and niece, Anne Marie Rochel.
Jim is survived by his wife, Connie; children Deanne (Tod) Meyer and their children, Angela and Evan; Debra (Jeffrey) Johnson and their children, Amelia and Lucas; and Dale (Michelle) Demulling and their children, Nathan and Tyler Schilling and Hannah and Hailey; sisters, Sister Dolores Demulling, Sister Adele Demulling, Sister Denise Demulling, Sharon (Steve) Rochel; many nieces and nephews; life-long friend Richard Berg; the greatest County Line neighbors, and numerous other friends.
A visitation will be Oct. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Grandstrand Funeral Home in Dresser with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in East Farmington with a visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church.
Condolences can be left at grandstrandfh.com.