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James J. Geraets

James J. Geraets

James J. Geraets, age 54, of Spring Valley, died suddenly on Tuesday May 31, 2022, as a result of an accident in Ellsworth.

Jim was born January 26, 1968, in River Falls.  He was the son of Robert and Kathleen (Schmidt) Geraets and grew up in the Waverly area of rural Elmwood.  Jim graduated from Elmwood High School in 1986.  Jim attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  Following college Jim worked at various small jobs until finding his passion in Agriculture.  Jim married Sheri Macho June 23, 1990, in Elmwood.  They were blessed with two children, Max and Megan.  Jim formerly worked at Franta Family Farms in Spring Valley for over 20 years and was currently working as a truck driver for Valley Cartage/Dayton Freight.

Jim’s passion for agricultural and volunteer work never went unnoticed.  Jim was an active member of the Pierce County Livestock Committee and was President of the Friends of the Fair in Pierce County.  His passion was spending time with his family, especially his grandson Maverick.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sheri, his children, Max (Fiance` Sally Link) and their son, Maverick; Megan Geraets; his parents, Bob and Kathy Geraets; siblings, Tony (friend-Jaci Draper) Geraets, Gwen Geraets, Nick (Stacey) Geraets; Tina (Eric) Riner; mother-in-law, Pat Macho, sister-in-law, Bonnie DeLoy, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Susan Geraets; father-in-law, Ken Macho; brother-in-law, Tim DeLoy and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday June 5, 2022, at the Elmwood Auditorium, 323 W. Winter Ave. in Elmwood.  James J. Geraets, age 54, of Spring Valley, died suddenly on Tuesday May 31, 2022, as a result of an accident in Ellsworth.


  1. Mike Bednarek

    Sheri and Family
    Along with my family I am so sad for your loss. As a member of the Pierce County Livestock Committee I got to know Jim as a not only a co-volunteer but as a friend. People outside of our group will never know how committed Jim and your entire family was to 4-H and all of the committees he served on. He spent countless hours with other volunteers as well many more just on his own to help better our organization and the community. It was a pleasure getting to know him over the last 15 years and his mark will be left on countless projects around the fairgrounds and the community.
    He will be missed by everyone!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire extended family.
    Mike, Marge, Bryan and Brady Bednarek / Bailey and Aaron Boldt.

  2. Craigswenson

    Sorry for your loss Jim was always willing to lend a helping hand .Had the great pleasure of working with him at Franta’s and on livestock committee.He will be missed by all

  3. Dutch Elbe

    In memory of a genuine good guy, rest in peace friend.

  4. Tony Weinzirl

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.


    My most sincere condolences to Sheri and your family in regards to Jim"s death. Jim was a caring,generous, compassionate man who helped alot of people in time of need. Always smiling,always there to lend a helping hand to help others. His kindness will live in all of our hearts forever. His example showed us all to care for others. Jim was a good friend and a good neighbor and we will miss him greatly. May you rest in peace Jim.

  6. Tia A Sampair

    A man who emanated genuine kindness and passion. Thank you for your kindness to me Jim and help wrangling all those preg check cows. Hugs and prayers to your family <3

  7. Holly Dardine

    So sorry for your loss .my deepest sympathy for your family

  8. Teri Iacucci (Pepper)

    Sheri and family we are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Love and prayers to you all.

  9. Nate Scanlon

    We all at the Duluth terminal give our condolences to the family. We are all thinking of all of you throughout this tough time. Jim was a great man and will be deeply missed.

  10. Tim Jennings

    Our prayers to Jim's family. We are in shock and disbelief. Such a trajic loss to your family and our community. God Bless you all, he will be missed by so many.

  11. Lynnette Wood

    I am so very sorry to hear of Jim passing. My sincere condolences to all of the family.

  12. Joe Foss

    My sympathies to Jim’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with Jim at Valleycartage. You couldn’t have worked with a nicer man. And always with a smile on his face. ????

  13. Walt & Joan Carston

    Our deepest sympathies to the Geraets family! Jim will be missed.

  14. Shellie and Chad Teichmiller

    Our deepest sympathies to the Geraets’ family. Even though we didn’t really know Jim except in passing (I think I stood up with him in Nick and Stacey’s wedding), because he was Nick’s brother, we know he was a good guy. Treasure all the memories you’ve made and take solace that one day you will be together again. Peace and Healing to you all, Shellie and Chad (Stacey’s sister and her husband)

  15. Anna Zimmerman

    Sheri and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you at this difficult time.

  16. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to the Geraets family.

  17. Jeff Schoenick

    Sheri I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Dennis & Ramona Schneider

    Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  19. Vicky Asher

    Sheri and family, sending my thoughts and condolences. So sorry for your loss.

  20. Penny Neubauer

    Sheri and family, I am so very sorry for your loss, many prayers for your family, we are on vacation through June 11th, I will be with you in thought and prayers

  21. John Shafer

    Jim was an amazing man. He taught me how to plant corn and was a huge supporter of agriculture and volunteering. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  22. Bonnie l Peterson

    Sheri and Family. We were so very sorry to here about Jim. The years we spent at ball games and School activities bring many memories. He was a very nice man. Again our Deepest Sympathy. Wayne and Bonnie Peteerson.

  23. Brian and Dolly Mark

    Bob, Kathy, Sheri, and family
    We are so sorry for your loss. So unexpected. Cherish the memories and lean on one another. Know that he will always be with you. God bless your family.
    Love, Brian and Dolly Mark

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