James F. Miller, 65 of Thorp, formerly of Jump River died on
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Marshfield Medical Center. He
was born on February 2, 1953 in Stanley to the late James
and Rita (Couillard) Miller. He grew up in Jump River and
graduated from Gilman High in 1971. On July 29, 1972 he was
united in marriage to Karen Hodowanic at Saints Peter and
Paul Catholic Church-Gilman. The couple moved to Jump
River and farmed there for 43 years on the family farm. The
couple sold the farm in 2016 and retired to Thorp. In
“retirement” Jim worked for Wayne Raether, Bob’s Corner
Garage and Hank’s Furniture.
Jim was an active volunteer his whole life. He was in the Jump
River Fire Dept for 40 years; 12 as Assistant Chief and 18
years as Fire Chief, a member of the Lions Club, a Community
Center Board Member, was town Chairman for Jump River, a
member the Gilman School Board and a board member for
ASCS. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, bowling and playing
softball. Jim also loved to watch the Packers, Brewers and
Badgers. Most of all he loved his family and enjoyed his time
spent with them.
He is survived by his wife, Karen of Thorp, 3 children, Andrea
(Brent) Trott of Sheldon, Tricia (Gary) Thompson of
Henderson, NV and Kimberly (Willie) Anderson of Gilman, 3
grandchildren, Brock and Jaden Trott and Kali Anderson, his
siblings, Patty (Mike Schmitz) Miller of Carlton, MN, Paul
(Diane) Miller, Bill (Antoinette) Miller, Chris (Kathy) Miller and
Ruth (Jim) Shaw all of Sheldon, a sister in law, Debbie Miller of
Medford and many nieces and nephews. Jim is preceded in
death by his parents, brothers, Russell and Bob and his sister
A funeral service will be held at 1PM on Monday, July 23,
2018 at the Jump River Community Center. Visitation from 4-8
PM on Sunday at the Gilman Funeral Home and from 11AM
until time of services Monday at the Community Center.