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James Henry Ver Velde

Jul 11, 1936 - Dec 31, 2023


James Henry Ver Velde, 87, of Sheboygan, passed away at home on Sunday, December 31, 2023 after a long illness. James was born to the late Henry and Alma (Claussen) Ver Velde in Sheboygan on July 11, 1936. He attended St. George’s grade school, a rural one room school house that he walked 3 or 4 miles to every day after his morning chores on the farm. He graduated from Oostburg High School where he enjoyed high school sports. A cherished lighthearted moment that added a humorous touch to his early education was when his grade school teacher said, “Jim, you’re the smartest boy in the class.” Perhaps this was because his class consisted of only three students, or perhaps it was because he was the lone boy in the class. He went on to serve in the United States Army, stationed in England for two years, during the Korean Conflict. Jim was a production worker for 41 years at Bolens-Garden Way, retiring in 1997. A passion of his was gardening; he loved planting and watching things grow. On June 8, 1973, Jim was united in marriage to Hilly in Green Bay. Jim was a member of Immaculate Conception Men’s Club and the Old Timers Baseball Association.
Jim is survived by children, Robert Ver Velde, Kim Ver Velde and Kerry Stark (Ver Velde); stepchildren, Peter (Shelly) Sjollema, Lori Sjollema and Paul (Wibke) Sjollema; grandchildren, Melissa, Angela (Keith), Jessica, Dylan (Candela), Anika (Sheiny), Daniel, Odinn, Jaydon and Alena; four great-grandchildren and sister, Loraine Oetzel.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene (Marilyn) Ver Velde; sister, Marion (Tony) Shircel; brothers-in-law, Myron Oetzel, John Adema, Jerry Wriedt and Broer (Grace) Adema; and his parents.
A Memorial Mass for Jim will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1439 S. 12th St., Sheboygan, with Fr. Paul Fliss officiating. Family and friends are invited for visitation at church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and to Dr. Bettag for his wonderful care.


Date: Friday Jan 12, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]

Funeral Mass

Date: Friday Jan 12, 2024
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]



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Judith Leynse

To the family of Jim VerVelde, I am so very sorry to hear of Jim Passing away. Les worked with him for as long as Bolens was open and enjoyed doing so many things with them. Les enjoyed the phone calls from Jim and they could rehash the good old days. God bless you all.

George and Janet flikweert

Dear tanta Hilly and family , we want to send our deepest sympathy with the passing of your loved husband, father and grandfather. We loved Jim he was a great man , you will really miss him.Our prayers and thoughts go with you all .

Annet Beckers-Lammers

Lieve familie Heel veel sterkte met t verlies van lieve Jim We denken aan jullie

Elly Torenbeek Sjollema

My deepest sympathy for Jim.

Joyce Gorter

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Our deepest sympathy and love. Joyce (VerVelde) Gorter and Bruce and Tammy Ten Haken ( Joyce’s daughter).

André en Hannie van Ouwerkerk

Lieve Hilly gecontroleerd met het overlijden van Jim. Wij hebben jullie leren kennen toen wij bij Broer en Griet waren. Heel veel sterkte

Johnmaurice Farrow

From my Family to yours. May your Dad aways be remembered, in the bright light that made him shine. John and Don

javier cadena jr

our hearts and prayers are with you, with deepest sympathy, the cadena family

Sr. Kristin Quicker, OSHJ

'So sorry to read about Jim's death. Many years ago, I worked with Hilly at Piggly Wiggly. I remember her speaking about Jim and the whole family with such love and pride.. 'Keeping you in prayer!