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James Proksch

CHASEBURG — James “Jim” D. Proksch, 75, of Chaseburg, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at his home with his family at his side. His father passed away on the same day in 1958, in the same home.

Jim was born May 10, 1943, in La Crosse, to Albert and Edna (Schock) Proksch. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1961. On April 20, 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Oliver. Jim farmed his life time on the family farm. He worked for a brief time at Trane Co., and Gateway Foods, Aalgaard and Brye Construction and then his own construction business. After retirement he enjoyed making things for his family—especially Christmas gifts. Jim was a lifetime member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council several times and the cemetery board.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Nancy; children, Rodney (Elayne) and Rhonda (Keith) Rach; grandchildren, Renee (Joe) Bakkestuen, Kelly (Cody) Strangstalien, Heidi (Nathan) Semke, Ethan (Jade) Proksch and Anton (fiancé, Sarah) Proksch; great-grandchildren, Haley and Riley Strangstalien, Brantley and William Proksch, Brody, Daxon and Austin Semke; a brother, Ronald (Janet) Proksch; sister-in-law, Elaine Proksch; brothers-in-law, Ronald (Ruth) Oliver and Douglas (Jean) Oliver; sister-in-law, Lorie (Terry) Proksch; nieces, Bonnie and Sandra; and nephews David (Doris) and Donald Proksch.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Orville and Alice Oliver; and brothers, Eldred and Eugene.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg. The Rev. Steven Oldre will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Online condolences may be offered at

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