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James N Mayer Jr.

James N Mayer Jr.

James N Mayer Jr., age 54 of Durand, died unexpectedly on Friday, October 16, 2020 at his home in Durand from a medical condition.

Jimmy was born on August 8, 1966 in Chippewa Falls. He was the son of James N. Mary (Gehl) Mayer Sr. and grew up Chippewa Falls. After school, Jimmy joined the U.S. Army and served stateside for four years and was honorably discharged. After being discharged, Jimmy drove truck locally for Schilling Paper Company and cross country for MTS Trucking for many years. Jimmy was currently employed at Menards Distribution Center where he worked for the last 23 years. Most recently as the Yard Horse Manager. Jimmy married Karin Hurlburt on July 17, 2004 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima in Durand.

Jimmy loved spending time outdoors hunting, fishing and riding his Harley. He also liked watching NASCAR, Brewers and the Dallas Cowboys. Jimmy and Karin loved to go on vacations together including Alaska and usually somewhere warm in the winter. Many gatherings with friends and family were held in his garage with a cold beverage and a game on TV. Papa loved spending time with his grandchildren and he especially enjoyed taking them fishing and hunting.

Jimmy is survived by his wife; Karin, children; Kristina (Kristie Weiss) Mayer of Eau Claire, Thomas Mayer of Ludington, MI, Tony Hurlburt of Durand and Melanie Hurlburt of Durand, six grandchildren; Jessa, Lucas, Levi, Brooklynn, Emery and Remington, parents; James and Mary Mayer Sr. of Chippewa Falls, siblings; Roxanne (Randy) Bronoske, Linda (David) Marten and Debby (Mike Schemenauer) Miller, all of Chippewa Falls, father-in-law; Ron Hurlburt of Durand, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, mother-in-law; Mary Ann Hurlburt, several aunts and uncles.

A Celebration of Life will be held 4:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, October 22, 2020 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand.  Military Honors will be held at 8:00PM Thursday at the funeral home by the Durand American Legion Post #181 of Durand.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Sue and Al Biesterveld

    So deeply sorry to hear of Jim's passing which was truly devastating. Praying for strength to carry you thru this painful and difficult time. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  2. LeeQuada

    Rest in peace my cohart brother

  3. Joshua Hill

    Good man lost to soon. I worked with Jim for 3 years and he was the best boss I have ever had. Always had your back. Loved and hated hearing his deer stories. Loved them because they were awesome. Hated them because they would make you jealous when you were sitting out in the woods not seeing a damn thing. Sorry for the loss of a great man.

  4. Tony Wittig

    Karen, sorry for your loss. I had fun hunting next to Jim and dirty hairy, I'll always remember that. Take care

  5. Thom Rutherford

    Karen and ALL the family...What an amazing guy!! We try to understand during these difficult times...Karen, our families have known each other forever. Strength in numbers for SURE!! May God's blessing follow you now and for years to come. Broken Hearted but trying to help and looking forward. Thom Rutherford and the Rutherford Family.

  6. Darla M Reidt

    My sympathies go out to the family of James, I have known James for quite sometime now as I am an employee of Menards DC and I would see him a couple times a week, he was always so upbeat and we would shoot the shit! RIP James you will be missed by many!!

  7. Deserree White

    So sorry to hear of your loss Karin. Jim was a wonderful man. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  8. Shelby von Tish

    Thoughts and prayers to the family of Jimmy. I had the pleasure of working with him for a few years at Menards. What a great guy, always full of laughs. Another great one taken way too soon. My sincerest condolences.

  9. Kim (Grill) Vandewalle

    My deepest sympathy for the family. Such a sad loss, he was way to young. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  10. Darrek Novak

    Hey Mister!
    It's been awhile. Guess it'll be awhile longer now. Save me a stool and a cold one, we'll catch up on the last several years and reminisce on the last 20. Even if it's over a Cowboy game.
    May you rest in peace old friend.

    Sorry for your loss to family and friends.

  11. Jerry Roe

    Sending deepest condolences. He will be missed by me as I have worked with him as one of the yardhorse crew for the last 15 years. He was one of the best supervisors I ever had in my lifetime. He taught me a lot.

  12. Rodney Erickson

    Sorry for your loss. He was a good man.

  13. Nicki Brantner

    Thinking of you all! Such a caring man taken way to young! Stay strong and stick together

  14. Shaun J. Kaiser

    I'm so sorry for the loss to this family. Jimmy was a good person and will be missed by many. May be rest in peace.

  15. Joaquín Camacho Jr.

    ¡Wow! ¡Unreal! Our most deepest, heartfelt and sincere condolences to you all my brothers and to the family of our brother James Mayer, May he Rest In Peace always. Our Love, Thoughts and Prayers for Brother Mayer’s Family...
    HUGE Bear HUG to You all my brothers, May GOD Our Lord continue to comfort, and to bless us and our Beloved Families, Amen!
    Great Memories of that fine Gentleman... We had So Much FUN together, as Brothers in the Armed Forces we laughed so much and so hard, he will be missed.
    ¡RIP Mayer! !We Love You!
    ¡Matthew 5:4 Amen!
    With all our Love,
    Brother Camacho, Joaquín Jr.

  16. Peter Mayer

    Karin sorry for you and your families loss. Prayers and sympathy to you all. God bless you and your family for your service to this country.

  17. Mark Stasek

    Karin, my condolences to you and your family....

  18. Kari Eebber

    So sorry to hear if Jimmy's passing. My condolences are with your family.

  19. John and Judy Parr

    Sorry to hear about your loss praying for your family

  20. Michael Clark

    I served with James Mayer. He was a good friend. He was guy that could bring a Smile to a face. We had many laughs and Beers together. Sorry for your loss.

  21. Carol Hunter

    So sorry for your loss,so going to miss his hugs,Karin you better be as good.......love you

  22. Jeffrey R Hanson

    May you rest in peace Mister. Our world will not be the same without you .

  23. Dale Pattee

    Karin I am shocked and saddened by Jim's passing. So sorry for your loss. My most sincere condolences.

  24. Steve Stack

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  25. Rod and Pat Hurlburt

    Dear Karin and family, Uncle Rod and I are so very heartbroken for you and his family. It is so hard to believe that Jim was taken away so young in life. We want you to know we are thinking of you and pray that you find the strength in the days ahead. God's Blessing to be upon you and the family. Sending our love ❤️

  26. Karla Clare

    My deepest sympathy to the family, Jim will be greatly missed

  27. Donna Karshbaum

    Karin I am so Sorry for Your Loss , James was a great Guy, God Bless You All! ❤️❤️????❤️❤️

  28. Patricia A Rosenbergi

    My sincere sympathy to the Mayer and Hurlburt families. Especially to you Karin. May God help you in the grieving time and finally bring you and your family peace. May James rest to peace.

  29. Lonnie Baker

    I have many many stories and fond memories of this brother of mine and our time in the military. You will be greatly missed Jim (James) Mayer. RIP Love You Brother!

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