James W. Stadter, 76, of Phillips, WI, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord, on November 13, 2023, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Jim was born on January 24, 1947, to James and Ruth (DeGroodt) Stadter, in Chicago, IL.
Jim was an avid sportswriter for many different publications over his career. Jim loved the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox - not the Cubs, the Wisconsin Badgers, and any team his grandchildren played for. He enjoyed spending time with his family, taking vacations, fishing trips to Canada, grabbing a drink with his friends at Northern Lights and Stoney Pub, and running the local fantasy football, baseball, and NASCAR leagues. He married Donna Vanderploeg on May 25, 1968, celebrating 55 years together.
Jim is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Colleen (Brian) Geurts, Julie (Jim) Vyskocil, Kevin (Jill) Stadter; grandchildren, James (Robin), Kevin, Brett (Emily), Stephanie, Jessie, Brianna, Caitlyn, Courtney, and Sierra; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Cameron, and Chevelle; siblings, Ruth, Loretta, Bill (Carol), Mary, Joyce, and Bruce (Tracey); brothers and sister-in-law, Dennis (Karen), Keith (Kathy), Jim (Cindy), Wayne, and Gail; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Don and Colleen; brothers, Ed and Tim; brothers-in-law, Julius, Dan, Brian; sister-in-law, Trish; and nephew, Tommy.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Phillips Lanes, 505 County Road D, Phillips, WI, 54555. Burial will take place in Lakeside II Cemetery, Phillips. Heindl-Nimsgern Funeral Home is assisting the family.