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June 16, 2019

5/9/2019 7:30:00 AM
James A. Valaitis

James A. Valaitis, 79, of Rhinelander, passed away at his residence on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Jim was born Saturday, April 13, 1940, in Rhinelander, the son of Adam James and Elizabeth Fyne (Moes) Valaitis. Jim was a kind and wonderful man. He loved to fish and hunt and was known to be an ace at bow and arrow and cross bow. He was a member of the U.F.F.D.A. United Foundation For Disabled Archers. Jim loved the Packers. He was a volunteer ambulance driver, an Auxiliary Police Officer and a 4-H Leader. He was a friend to many young men that needed someone to guide them to manhood. His stepson John was proud to call him Dad. James was happy to be a part of John's life. He taught John to fish and to respect the law. James will be remembered for his Christian values. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Mercedes B. Valaitis; stepchildren: Jonathan Oknewski of Rhinelander, James Pond of Rhinelander, Nicole Oknewski of Birnamwood; stepgrandchildren: Naudia, David and Steve; sister, Alice (Don) Frederickson of Pine Lake, brothers-in-law Frank LaRoche of Tripoli, Joseph LaRoche of Iron Mountain, Mich. and sisters-in-law, Barb (Joseph) Williams of Bowler, Lorraine Phillips of Niagara, Sharon Shelton of Lake Dallas, Texas, and Charlotte (Jim) Loomis of Iron Mountain, Mich. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepson Peter Oknewski, stepsister Virginia (Duane) Petta, stepbrother Earl Arndt and sister-in-law Doreen La Roche. At James request, there will be no visitation or service. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. You are invited to light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at

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