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James "Jim" Thomas Janota
December 13, 1954 ~ June 3, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old
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James "Jim" Thomas Janota, age 68, passed away with his family by his side after a long, courageous battle with cancer on June 3, 2023, in Chetek, Wisconsin.
Jim was born to Ardith (Cole) and Rogers Janota on December 13, 1954, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
He was born and raised in the Chetek area on the family farm and graduated from Chetek High School in 1973. On July 10th, 1976 he married Cindy (Rogers) and they had two sons, Kevin and Michael. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, deer hunting, racing snowmobiles, ice fishing, riding motorcycle, trap/target shooting, and traveling. Jim was also a pilot and built his own airplane that he loved to fly. Jim and Cindy farmed for a few years before he drove truck over the road for several years. Later, he became the IT Director at the Bruce School District where he worked for 19 years until his retirement. While working at the school, he was also the Golf team coach and started the school's Trap team while he was an NRA-certified coach. Jim also started his grandkids into racing go-karts and loved watching them race. His travels included many trips to Las Vegas, a cruise in the Caribbean, hunting trips out west, Yellowstone National Park, and annual trips to EAA Airventure in Oshkosh.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ardith and Rogers Janota.
Jim is survived by, his wife, Cindy Janota, sons, Kevin (Shawna) Janota and Michael(Ashley) Janota, grandchildren, Luccas, Loralai, Justin, Lexee, and Dylan, sisters, Jean(Smokey) Eastman, Julie (Al) Amundson, and brother, Joe Janota, as well as many nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Burnham-Ours Kolstad Funeral Home, in Chetek, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at noon. A visitation will be held prior from 10:00 AM until the time of service.
Burial will be at a later date.
The Burnham-Ours Kolstad Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.