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Obituary for James R. "Jim" Brenengen

James R. "Jim" Brenengen


James R. "Jim" Brenengen, 76, of Holmen, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2011, at his home, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born August 8, 1935, in Galesville, Wis., to Christian and Anna (Braaten) Brenengen.  Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps having served from 1954-1956.  Jim followed the family tradition of hard work with early jobs delivering papers and working at Birnbaum’s Grocery.  He was a 1954 graduate of La Crosse Logan High School.  Jim inherited the Brenengen ‘VROOM’ gene and liked to drive in the fast lane and cheer NASCAR races.  He participated in Racine bowling leagues and was an ardent fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs. A happy traveler, Jim enjoyed road trips throughout the U.S.  He spent most of his career as a machinist and supervisor at Twin Disc of Racine, Wis.  After retirement, he and his wife, Kathy, built a home in rural Holmen.  He enjoyed woodworking, old cars, fishing, and had a love of viewing scenic waterways.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine "Kathy"; two sons, Timothy of Houston, Texas and William (Melanie) of Fort Drum, New York; two granddaughters, Julie Brenengen and Haley Brenengen; three sisters, Lucille Hicks of Laguna Hills, Calif., Carol (Leslie) Kenyon of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Sandra (Will) Paulick of Racine, Wis.; his mother-in-law, Marie Milbauer; five sisters-in-law, Patricia (Craig) Aude, Jacquelyn (Mike) Thompson, Julie (Pete) Kwiek, Tammy (Jim) Derks, and Michelle Milbauer; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Clayton (Darlene) Brenengen; an infant sister, Charlotte Ann; one brother-in-law, Roland Hicks; his daughter-in-law, Wanda Brenengen; his father-in-law, Allen Milbauer; one nephew, Erik Thompson; and his former wife, Julie Knapp.

Funeral services will be Sunday, December 11, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Jostad Chapel), 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem.  Rev. Roger Grow will officiate.  Following the service, military honors will be performed by the Roy L. Vingers American Legion Post 52 of La Crosse and the U.S. Marine Corps Funeral Honor Guard.  Burial will be held at a later date in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery, La Crosse.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Toy for Tots, an organization that Jim has supported in the past.  Online condolences may be sent at

The family would like to thank the medical staff and hospice nurses at Gundersen Lutheran and to their neighbors, especially Larry and Connie Helgerson, for all of their wonderful support and help.