James William  “Jim” Wier­ichs died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at Dianne’s Home in the North Woods in Eagle River. He was 87.

Mr. Wierichs was born April 10, 1932, in Conover to George Louis and Anna Mary (née Schroeder) Wierichs.

He graduated from Eagle River High School in 1950, playing guard on the football team all four years.

He worked picking potatoes at a young age in Eagle River, then worked at the Phelps Christensen Lumber Mill before being drafted into the U.S. Army from 1952 to ’54 as military police. He was stationed in Illinois, Indiana, Alabama and Kentucky.

After discharge from the Army, he worked at Burkoltz Chevrolet in Minocqua before working at the White Pine Copper Mine. He worked in many roles in his 32 years at the mine, lastly as Master Mechanic, before retiring at age 55.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family, putting up hay, collecting guns and helping those in need. He loved to dance, especially Polka. He also loved to sing.

Mr. Wierichs was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters, Louise, Frances, Anna, Genivieve, Ruth and Elizabeth; two brothers, George and Louis; five nieces and five nephews.

He is survived by 24 nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Eagle River, with visitation one hour prior to Mass. Interment will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Eagle River. Luncheon will follow at the church.

Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services in Minocqua is assisting the family.