James E. Petitt, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

October 27, 1945 – July 8, 2010

James E. Petitt, 64, of 2973 State Highway 13 North, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, died Thursday July 8, 2010, at his home.

James was born on Oct. 27, 1945, in Elkhorn, WI, to Victor and Illa (Smith) Petitt. He was employed in the electronics industry. From 1977 to 2001 Jim was employed by Burdick Corporation in Milton, and later by Gamber-Johnson in Stevens Point. Jim’s interests included woodworking and model railroads. He was a handyman who loved to fix things. An avid outdoorsman, Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and bird watching. He also enjoyed time spent with his beloved Bassett Hounds, Woody and Katie.

He is survived by his life partner, Katherine Weart of Wisc. Rapids; two children, Steven Petitt of Milton and Christine (Loren) Wellnitz of Delavan; Kathy’s daughter, Nicole (Juergen) Schaefer of Wisc. Rapids; grandchildren, Rebecca Lynn Petitt and Samantha Schaefer; two brothers, Daniel Petitt of Whitewater and Charles (Wendi) Petitt of Janesville; one sister, Patricia (Rob) McLean of Fort Atkinson; and by his former wife, Ruth M. Petitt of Milton. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister-in-law, Joyce Petitt.

There will be no service or visitation. RITCHAY FUNERAL HOME of Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 423-1414, is assisting the family.