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James Orville

James O. Himsel

Passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, age 90 years. Cherished husband of the late Joan for 63 years. Father of Daniel(Cathy) Himsel, Cindy(the late Tom) Chamberlain, and Nancy(Michael) Kennedy. Grandpa of Andrew(Kristen), Jonathan, Tim(Tara), Mike(Erin), the late Matt, Jenny(Mark), Lauren, Lindsay, and Nicholas. Great Grandpa of Isabelle, Caleb, Lydia, Linnea, Lachlan, Thorin, and two on the way shortly. Brother of Oliver(Ruth), the late Eldon(the late Bev),Laura(Phil), Ruthie(Merlin), and Elsie(Stan).  Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Visitation will be held Monday, March 8, at Grace Church, 3626 HWY 31 Racine, from 9-10AM. A Memorial Service will follow at 10AM.  The service can be livestreamed at

James worked in engineering and manufacturing at various companies throughout his career, finally retiring from Spirit Mfg.  He was an active member at Grace Church(Racine).  James’ very strong faith led him to a life of service and caring for all.  He had a life full of various hobbies, including being an avid sportsman, gunsmith, and working in his basement workshop.  He will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Wounded Warriors, or the charity of your choice in James’ name, are appreciated.


  1. Jim Guckenberger February 28, 2021 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Dan sorry for your families loss.

  2. Vernon Stern March 2, 2021 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad was a wonderful guy!

  3. Gina Pradarelli Laffin March 2, 2021 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    There are so many special memories I have of your dad growing up. One of them that I will never forget how much time your dad spent helping us cut dowels and drill holes and weave fishing line so that we could build our Leggs Eggs plant holders that we sold to people in our neighborhood to earn money. I was very lucky to have known him. Much love to your entire family.

  4. Dan & Tracy Stahlkopf March 7, 2021 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    With deepest sympathy during this very difficult time.
    May you find comfort in your loving memories ..

    We lived 2 doors down from Jim & Joan for many years.. You could see the great love they had for each other.

    Jim had an abundance of energy…still taking great care of their lovely home in his golden years. He will be greatly missed in the neighborhood.

    A gift was made to Wounded Warriors in Jim’s honor.

    Warmest Regards,
    Tracy & Dan Stahlkopf

  5. ray malzo March 8, 2021 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your family’s loss

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