James L. Reidle, age 88 years, of Yuba, Wisconsin, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2019 at Pine Valley Community Village in Richland Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on March 27, 1930 to Wencil and Luverne (Lincoln) Reidle in Richland County, Wisconsin. Jim grew up in Yuba and graduated from the Richland Center High School in 1948. When in high school he placed third at the State Track Meet. Jim served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era.
James was united in marriage to Elaine Sosinsky on June 23, 1951 in Hillsboro. They operated a Hardware Store and lumber yard for several years in Yuba. Jim also worked at Badger Ordinance in Baraboo and continued his business, Reidle Products with building houses, insulating houses and manufacturing trays for Ray-O-Vac. Later they owned and operated the Countryside Gift Shop and Rustic Wheel Museum, in addition to a mail order business, Wildwood Designs, with their son, Bill. Jim co-authored several books about woodworking. He was also a lifelong carpenter in the area and very knowledgeable about the local history. Elaine preceded him in death on July 18, 2012.
Jim enjoyed going out to lunch and visiting with friends, he rarely missed a day. Jim enjoyed telling stories and jokes, everyone should remember what the guy falling off the Empire State Building said to the window washer. Jim enjoyed participating in the Cesky Den celebration every year, music, the Mollie B Polka Party, dancing with his wife, reading, watching the news and seeing wildlife in the area.
Survivors include his children, Barbara of Gays Mills, William “Bill” of Richland Center and Laura of Covington, Georgia; sisters-in-law, Helen Grant of New Berlin, Arlene Erie of Fort Atkinson, Patty Anderson of Reedsburg, Rosemary Sinkule of Pleasant Prairie, Audrey Sosinsky of Hillsboro and Marvalene Sosinsky of Tomahawk; classmate, Ken Beighley; many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. In addition to his wife, Elaine; he was preceded in death by his Parents; a sister, Isabel; mother-in-law and father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Jim will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro, with Thomas Hotek presiding. Burial with military rites will be in the Czech’s National Cemetery in Yuba. Friends may call at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.