STRUM, Wis. — Leland “Jim” James Banker, 75, of Strum, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Jim was born Aug. 14, 1937, to Lee and Eula Banker of Viola. He married Susan Larson of La Farge, on June 8, 1957, in Viola.
Jim was an avid Packers fan and enjoyed many games in his “Packer Room” with his family and friends. He also loved the Brewers and watched them for hours. He had a love of gardening and enjoyed sharing his produce with others. His main priority was his family.
Jim was a USDA inspector for many years and then owned and operated Viola Hardware. After moving to Strum in 1970, he managed Midwest Natural Gas for 32 years. During that time he and Sue also owned and operated Banker’s Greenery. After retirement, he worked for Mayo Clinic Health Systems and received the GEM Award for going the extra mile.
Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Susan; his daughters, Tammy Koxlien of Strum, Teresa Banker of Eleva, and Robin (Mike) Hall of Chippewa Falls; five grandchildren, Kristen (Alex) Alba, Emma and Connor Koxlien, Jackie (Jake) Schult and Travis Hall; five great-grandchildren, Ian and Owen Alba, Sydney, Nash and Merric Schult. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and other family members.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Eula Banker; sister, Lela (Darrel) Grim; and in-laws, Mollie and Arthur Larson.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Schiefelbein Funeral Home in Osseo, from 1 to 4 p.m. A private burial service to be held in Viola at a later date.
Jim will be remembered for his great sense of humor and love of his family and the Green Bay Packers.