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James J Dettling

James J Dettling

James J. Dettling, age 93 of Plum City, died Saturday, March 19, 2022 at his home in Plum City with his family by his side.

Jim was born on August 4, 1928 on the home farm in Plum City. He was the son of Joseph and Katherine (Horn) Dettling. Jim grew up on the farm, attended the Gilles Country School and graduated from Plum City High School in 1945. After high school, Jim continued to farm on the home farm. Jim married Darlene Lee on May 21, 1956 in Ruthven, IA. After marriage they lived on the farm where they farmed and raised their family. Jim was a member of the Farm Bureau for over 20 years, a chairman for the Town of Union and a board member for the Stockholm Insurance Company.

Farming was Jim’s passion, when he wasn’t farming he enjoyed collecting diecast Allis-Chalmers tractors.

Jim is survived by his children; Cindy (Scott) Truttmann of Hager City, Jim (Polly) of Red Wing, MN, Steve (Dorene) of Welch, MN and Joe of Plum City; two grandchildren; Rustianna and Alaina; six great grandchildren; Tate, Mason, Carson, Maddie, Chloe and Mia; sister-in-law; Marlys Lee of Merrifield, MN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, wife; Darlene, grandson; Kyle Barker and siblings; Dorothy (Art) Sticht, Robert (Ann) Dettling and Ethel (Joe) Capitani.

Memorial Mass will be 11:00AM Friday, March 25, 2022 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City with Rev. Junabe Villapaz officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00PM-7:00PM Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

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


  1. Brad Gilles

    So sorry to here about Jim. Marcia and Kent told me of his passing. Just remember the good times and that he is with Darlene again. to the kids, I still remember the the times as kids and the time I would come up and milk the cows when they would go on vacation. to Cindy I would send a card but I dont have your phone number or your address. You all takecare and I hope all is well,,,,Brad

  2. Jeff/Cheryl Lee

    Hi cousins, so sorry for your loss. It was always a treat to visit you at the farm.

  3. Janine Robertson

    To Cindy, James, Steve & Joe and families,
    My sympathy to each of you on the loss of your Dad. I enjoyed our family gatherings when we were kids and will miss Uncle Jim's good-humored nature and kind spirit. Love & hugs, Janine

  4. Mike & Holly Girdeen

    Prayers for you and your family. Mike enjoyed his many chats on the farm with Jim.

  5. Karen Fread

    Cindy, Jim, Steve, Joe and families
    Our deepest sympathy on your loss of your Dad. I have such fond memories of family times with Uncle Jim and my "vacation " at your house when you were all young and I was in high school. Lots of fun for 2 weeks. I'm with you in spirit since we are in NV for 3 more weeks. Love and hugs to all of you. Karen

  6. Tim and Deb Lee

    Sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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