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James R Klein

James R Klein

James Ray “Jim” Klein, age 74 of Plum City, died Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at Marshfield Medical Center in Eau Claire, WI. 

Jim was born March 10, 1949, the second of eight children to Raymond and Eugenia (Marto) Klein.  He was raised on a farm in rural Arkansaw, WI, attended elementary school at St. John’s Catholic School in Plum City and graduated from Plum City High School.  After graduation Jim briefly attended University of Wisconsin – Stout and then joined the carpentry trade.  

On December 13, 1980, Jim married Shirley Poeschel and together they raised three children in rural Plum City.  Jim spent many years working in the construction business, mostly on large commercial projects in the Twin Cities Metro.  Whenever he was asked what his favorite type of project was, he would always say hospitals, including work he did on the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital in the early 1990s.  Jim was a member of the Twin Cities Carpenters Union for over 50 years.  After retiring from carpentry Jim sold All American Homes and was a driver for Pepin County, providing rides to elderly and disabled persons.  

Jim was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved his time spent with his hunting crew, trying to get that big buck and sharing stories about the one that got away.  In the summer Jim liked to fish Lake Pepin and other smaller lakes in the area.  He also made many trips to Lake Michigan and Lake Superior to fish the bigger waters.  Jim visited Alaska with his son Dan, fulfilling a lifelong dream to fish and take in the beautiful scenery.  When he wasn’t hunting or fishing, Jim also liked to travel, watch the birds in his backyard, woodwork and leathercraft, or just tinker around in the garage on a project.  Above all else Jim enjoyed time spent with family and friends the most.

Jim is survived by his wife of 43 years Shirley, children Jessica, Jennifer, and Daniel (Shane), grandson Everest, and siblings David (Lori), Charles (Linda), Doug (Michelle), Mary Jo (Ron) Bauer, Ann Klein, Mark (Martha), brother-in-law Jeffrey Arneson, many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  He is proceeded in death by his parents, brother Jeffrey, brother-in-law Allen Poeschel and his wife Patricia, sister-in-law Marcia Albrecht, brother-in-law James Poeschel, and sister-in-law Tammy Arneson.

Memorial Mass will be 11:00AM Friday, January, 26, 2024 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City with Rev. John Zweber officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery in the Spring. Visitation will be from 10:00AM until the time of services at the church on Friday. A Celebration of Life will follow the Mass at Molly’s on Main in Plum City.

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


  1. Kristine Polzer

    Shirley and family,
    Dave and I send our sincere sympathy to all of you.

  2. Kristine Polzer

    Shirley and family, Dave and I are sending our deepest sympathy to all of you. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Linda and Rex Hoover

    So sorry for your loss, Rex and I are sending prayers that we hope comfort you. Hugs

  4. Micheal Saueressig

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Jim. My condolences. I remember deer hunting with Jim. He will be missed.

  5. Joe and Jan Drier

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Jim. Thinking of you all during this time and Our Deepest Sympathy!

  6. Steve Schultz

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sorry to hear the passing of Jim.

  7. Darlene Manock

    Shirley, so sad to hear of your husbands passing. You
    have my symphany along with my daughters.

  8. Ann Klein

    Shirley & family, heartfelt condolences to you all. Thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm sure Jim will be playing Euchre with our parents, Jeff and all our relatives .... he's playing with both bowers and the ace. God bless.

  9. Charles Klein

    Not an easy life. May the angels come to greet him and take him into paradise. May he rest in peace. Amen.

  10. Larry and Carol Prissel

    You have our Sympathy . God be with You All

  11. Lee Hardy

    My condolences to the family and friends of Jim.

  12. John and Juady Parr

    our sympathy and prayers are. with

  13. John and Jodell Marson

    You have our sympathy

  14. Richard and Ruth Doughty

    Sorry to hear or Jim’s passing our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  15. Barb

    Dear Family of Jim. My condolences.

  16. Donna Karshbaum

    We are So Sorry for your Loss, God Bless you All, Jim was a Great Man ????????????

  17. Barb Steenerson

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Klein family at this time.

  18. Joanne Hovey

    Jim was a funny guy that was always ready to visit. So very sorry for his passing.

  19. Lori Garlick

    Shirley & family,
    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Sending love and hugs.

  20. Nick and Sue Sperger

    We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time.

  21. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Shirley and family. So sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. You have our deepest sympathy, keeping you all in our prayers

  22. Deb Schwab

    My sincere condolences to all Jim’s family!

  23. Karla Clare

    So sorry to hear of Jim's passing, my thoughts and prayers are with the family...

  24. marge binkowski

    Shirley and Family; We want to send our sincere sympathy in your loss. God Bless you all.
    Marge and Tony Binkowski

  25. Patty and John Wayne

    Sorry for your family loss, Our Deepest Sympathy. Shirley I enjoyed our visit in December.
    Make God bless you with the strength you'll need in the weeks and months ahead.

  26. Suzanne Brunner

    Our sincere sympathy in the loss of Jim.

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