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James "Jim" Tilton

September 2, 1945 ~ July 1, 2021 (age 75)


James “Jim” Tilton, 75, Wausau, died Thursday July 1, 2021, at Marshfield Medical Center-Weston.


He was born September 2, 1945, in Stevens Point, son of the late Carroll and Evelyn (Zeleski) Tilton.  On August 26, 1967, he married Mary Jo Kumbera at Holy Name Catholic Church, Wausau.  She survives.


Jim graduated from Pacelli High School in Stevens Point and attended Northcentral Technical College in Wausau.  Jim had been employed at Wausau Metals for 26 years as a crimper and retired from Goetsch’s Welding and Machine.  Among his favorite things to do were gardening, traveling, outdoor activities, feeding the birds and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.   He especially enjoyed singing with The Barbershoppers and the Choir at St. Anne Parish.  Special to him was the time with his children and grandchildren and volunteering at many events at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. 


Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Tilton, Wausau; four children, Alana (Gregory) Hintz, Edinburg, Texas, Bettina “Tina” (Martin Schilling) Tilton, Meggen, Switzerland, Nanette (Brian) White, Des Moines, Iowa, Travis (Nicolette) Tilton, Hancock; six grandchildren, Julip, Enya, Kierra Schilling, Anya Hintz, Ainsley and Braxtyn White.


The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at St. Anne Parish, Wausau.  The Rev. Tom Lindner will preside.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, town of Maine.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the church. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Salvation Army or Neighbors Place.


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July 7, 2021

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Anne Parish
700 W. Bridge St.
WI, 54401 US

Funeral Mass
July 7, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Anne Parish, Wausau

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