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W. James “Jim” Grasse

Dec 21, 1927 - Feb 22, 2023


On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, W. James (Jim) Grasse passed away after a brief illness at the age of 95.
Jim was born on December 21, 1927, in Sheboygan, WI to Walter L. and Eddina Grasse. He married Hermine Ribich in 1950 and they raised 4 children. On December 9, 1989, he married Mary Trester-Mickelson.
Jim was the proud owner and operator of Verifine Dairy. His family had been associated with the dairy for three generations. Jim was known for saying “I am Verifine, how are you?” Jim served in the US Army and was deployed to Korea. For 73 years he was a member of the Sheboygan Elks Lodge and had the longest membership in the lodge. He was a member of the Sheboygan Yacht Club and the Bluebird Wanderlodge Motorhome Group. He was proud of the work he did with the City of Sheboygan Work Force Development Center, the Sheboygan Parking and Transit System where he served as President, the Chamber of Commerce where he served as a Chairman of the Board, he had a leadership role in the Private Industry Council and the National Ice Cream Council. Jim enjoyed golfing at Pine Hills TWA Days, the Green Bay Packers, he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, his children, Tom (Sharon) Grasse, Tim (Sue) Grasse, Jamie (Jim) Kitzinger and Ted (Jill) Grasse, step-children Peter (Lisa) Mickelson and Jeannine (Bryan) Shelby. His grandchildren David, Kevin, T. James, Nicole Grasse; Jack Kitzinger; Bryan Dreps; Nolan Rucker; Jacob and Justin Mickelson; Emily and Katie Shelby; and four great-grandchildren.
Per Jim’s wishes, there will be no services held.
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Judy Prange

Mary so sorry for your loss. Enjoyed visiting with you and Jim at the Grover get togethers.

Mary R Thill

Dear Tim, Sue and family, My sincere condolences for your family's loss. Wishing you all peace with this major life event.

Christy Thomas

My condolences on losing such a wonderful man. You've never met me, I was a caregiver for Jim on night shift, but we spent a lot of time together and he was always a blast and very sweet. I looked forward to my time with him. I was sad to hear he passed. But what an amazing life!!

Lisa Kellner

A long, full, very fine life, Uncle Jim had a big presence, leaving all with many memories to keep and share forever… our condolences to all his family. Lisa and Tim K.

Carole Claussen

My Deepest Sympathy Mary and family. You are in my prayers.

Carole Claussen

My Deepest Sympathy to you Mary and Family. I keep you in my prayers.

Ann Moreau

My condolences to the Grasse family. I worked at Verifine for 20 years and it was a great place.

Kurt M Casady

Our condolences to the Grasse family and theMickelson family, from the Casady's.

Sue Severance

My sincere sympathy for the loss of your Dad. I worked at Verifine Dairy for 33+ years. It was a very nice place to work because the Grasse Family made it that way. Sending hugs to Jamie and Tom.

Sara Olsen

Tim and family I am so sorry for the loss of your father I will keep you all in my prays🙏🙏🙏and hope you find love and place

Gratia Werner

Deepest sympathies. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.