James B. Riedel, 91, Mosinee, died Saturday, April 1, 2023, at Acorn Hill Senior Living Center, Mosinee, under the care of Interim Hospice.
He was born July 25, 1931, in Wausau, the son of the late Frank and Elsie (Hildebrandt) Riedel. He married Beverly Stanton on June 2, 1956, in Rothschild. She survives.
Jim was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving on the USS Fechteler D.D. 870 Destroyer, during the Korean War. and was also a proud member of the VFW Post #8733.
He was a man of deep faith, compassion, kindness, and selflessness. He loved his wife, Bev, dearly for the 66 years they were married.
Jim and Bev adopted both of their children, and he dedicated his life to raising them well as he was entrusted by the Lord with them. They meant the world to him and he never went a day without letting them know how much he loved them.
His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He attended all hockey, swimming, basketball, soccer, and baseball events, and even attended all dance recitals and musicals.
He was an avid fisherman, especially fly fishing of which he had mastered the art with his best friends, his brothers Fat and Phil. You could find him in a duck blind, field hunting big bucks, or on a trout stream. Those were many of his happy places.
Survivors, besides his wife, Beverly, include his two children, Michael (Nichol) Riedel and Brenda (Timothy) Kuhn, both of Mosinee; five grandchildren, Tristan (Amanda Witz) Riedel, Danielle (Nick) Menninga, Arielle (Tanner) Mueller, Seth Kuhn and Rebekah Kuhn; and his great-grandchildren, Grayson, Emerson, and Conrad Menninga, as well as baby James Robert Mueller due July 2023. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis and Philip.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Mosinee. The Rev. Aaron Becker will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Mosinee. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee. Online condolences can be directed to the family at www.bestefh.com.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the wonderful caregivers at Acorn Hill, especially Adam and Paula.
Memorials, in Jim’s name, can be directed to the VFW Mosinee Post 8733.