THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
James A. Whitford
James A. Whitford, 94, of Marinette died Thursday, March 28 at the Luther Home.
Born Aug. 19, 1918 in Marinette, he graduated from high school in 1936 and from Lawrence University in 1940. He served with the United States Army in the European Theatre for three and a half years during World War II, then attended the University of Wisconsin and earned a BBA degree in 1947.
He worked for The Ansul Company for 37 years as a Cost Accountant and Assistant Treasurer. He was also treasurer of Pioneer Presbyterian Church for 50 years. In 1947 he married Alice MacKenzie Whitford. They were married for 60 years in 2007 and had three children. A kind and gentle man, who loved his family and friends, he was an avid golfer and spent many happy hours at Riverside Country Club. In his earlier years he bowled and played on volleyball teams, but golf was his game and he played till he was 87 years old.
Survivors include three children, Bonnie (Tom) Welsh, Carolyn (Jeff) Crick and Elizabeth (Gary) Scholtz; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and another expected soon. He is further survived by two sisters, Jane Denzin and Margaret Papenfuss.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice on July 18, 2011.
According to his wishes a private family service was held in place of a formal funeral. Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery, Marinette. Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Marinette assisted the family.
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