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James L. Thurber, age 78, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin died Sunday, October 25, 2009 at the Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at the Roseberry's Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin. Pastor Terri Skildum will officiate. Interment will be at the Monroe Center Cemetery, Town of Monroe, Adams County, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Roseberry's Funeral Home and again on Thursday from 12 Noon until the time of service.

Jim was born October 27, 1930 in Columbia, Kentucky to Merton and Rose F. (Roach) Thurber. He worked at Consolidated Papers for 41 years, retiring in 1992. He married Helen (Ostrum) Stone on December 18, 1993 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

He enjoyed dancing, traveling, and playing pool at the Senior Center in Wisconsin Rapids. Anyone who knew Jim, will know he´┐Żll dance his way into the "Pearly Gates" with his little hip swivel.

Jim was preceded in death by mother and father.


Wife: Helen Thurber of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Son: James (Lorie) Thurber of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Son: David (Mary) Thurber of Sugar Grove, IL

Daughter: Lori Thurber of Lodi, Wisconsin

Grandchild: Noah Thurber

Grandchild: Jon Thurber

Grandchild: Tara Lang

Grandchild: Rudy Lang

Sister: Nea (Richard) Senatore of Sarasota, FL

Brother: Robert (Marie) Thurber of Sterling, IL

Brother: Jack (Sylvia) Thurber of Hillpoint, Wisconsin

Brother: Harold (Geraldine) Thurber of Kenosha, Wisconsin

Stepchildren: Karen Nigh of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Stepchild: Patricia (Charles) Baker of Nekoosa, Wisconsin

Stepchild: Gary Stone of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Stepchild: Joyce (John) Swartout of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Step-grandchildren: 15

Step-great-grandchildren: 25

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Roseberry's Funeral Home & Crematory

512 Main St. (PO Box 620)

Friendship, WI 53934  


Phone 608-339-3551

Fax 608-237-2233

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