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James Jay Durkee

May 2, 1946 ~ December 29, 2021 (age 75)


James Jay Durkee Sr., 75, Edgar was called home unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at his home with his family by his side.


He was born May 2, 1946, in Wausau, son of the late Don Durkee and Blanche (Douville) Sandoval.


James was a devoted husband and father.  He loved his wife Ethel (Stange) Durkee of 54 years so very much.  She survives.


He was the proud father of both his children; James (Dorinda) Durkee Jr. and Ronda (Bryan Kramp) Durkee.  He is also survived by his granddaughter, who meant the world to him, Isabelle Kramp.  James always enjoyed taking her on a ride with his golf cart whenever he could.  He is further survived by his brothers, Ken (Donna) Durkee and Roger (Becky) Durkee and a sister, Joan (Gene) Gilbertson, his brothers-in-law, John (Jessie) Stange, Ken (Mary) Stange and sisters-in-law, Clara Robl and Dorothy (John) Fons and his Grandpups, Max and Buddy.


He was preceded in death by his parents, In-laws, John and Irma (Jacobi) Stange, a brother and sister-in-law, David and Mary Durkee, cousins, Clarence and Darlene Wendtland, Michael and Richard Wendtland, infant niece, Susie Wickman and special foster son Peter Skidmore.


He is also survived by many friends, family, nieces, and nephews, who meant so much to him.  Especially Barb and Jesus Celis, Godson Jacob Mueller, Goddaughter, Marion Parker, Lukas Celis (Jennifer), Erik Celis, Paul Reinhardt, Leoy Johnson, Gary Wendtland and the whole Wendtland family. 


James was an over the road truck driver for 38 years, this took him to all states from coast to coast, but truly appreciated the time he was home with his family.  Family vacations were always memorable.  He was taken so unexpectedly but the love he gave to all of us will never leave us.  Though we will miss him dearly we know we will be with him again one day.  We Love You Daddy and Grandpa! 


At this time services are pending.  A Memorial Service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, High Steeple, W1145 Huckleberry Road, Edgar, WI in the near future.  Please watch the website for updates on the visitation and service times.  Peterson/Kraemer funeral Home, Edgar is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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