James R. “Jim” Polar­ski, age 76, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at his home in Milton, Wis.

Jim was born on Jan. 6, 1944, to Raymond and Ethel (McKinney) Polarski in Three Lakes, Wis.

He graduated from Three Lakes High School, and received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Stout, and his Masters in Education from National Louis University in 1991.

It was at UW-Stout where he met the love of his life and wife of almost 54 years, Carol Collin. The couple moved to Milton in 1967, when he became the woodworking teacher at Milton High School.

He retired from there after 38 years, but continued to teach adult education night classes three times a week through Blackhawk Technical College, up until this year, for a total of 44 years.

Jim loved the outdoors, was a master woodworker and an avid fisherman. He always knew the best spots to catch the limit, not that he would tell anybody where that was.

He loved his family so very much, and was so incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren, which he expressed every time he saw them.

JP (which he liked to say stood for Just Perfect) was always ready with a smile, a joke, or a story. The number of lives he touched in the community and beyond is countless.

Jim is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Rebecca (Terry) Garber and Peter (Jennifer) Polarski; grandchildren, Chloe and Holly Garber, and Nathaniel, Gabrielle and Grace Polarski; siblings, Sue (Carl) Hansen and Frank Polarski; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Barbara Hansen; and brother, Joe Polarski.

Services were held Thurs­day, Nov. 19, 2020, at Hope Lutheran Church. A private family service was held after the visitation.

Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton, is assisting the family. 

Services were live­streamed through the church Facebook page.