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James “Jim” Kulig

December 30, 2023 | 4 comments

James J. “Jim” Kulig, 78, of Onalaska passed away Friday, December 22, 2023 at Gundersen Health System.

Jim was born July 2, 1945 to Aloizy and Eleanor (Waldera) Kulig in Arcadia, WI. He graduated from Independence High School in 1964. He was a member of the Arcadia National Guard for six years.  He worked for Presto in Eau Claire for many years until they closed, and worked for the Arcadia hatchery.

He was united in marriage to Donna M. Hager on May 5th, 1973 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Arcadia. They moved from Arcadia to Onalaska in 1978, where he then worked for G. Heilman Brewery until they closed, after which he worked for Isola in La Crosse, which later also closed. He then worked for the city brewery when it reopened, until his time of retirement in 2008.

He enjoyed pheasant and grouse hunting over the years with his five English Springer Spaniels and his one English Setter. He also enjoyed going to Missouri for spring snow geese hunting with a friend, and fishing when he had the chance. James was a diehard Chicago Bears fan. Many good times were spent visiting and going out to eat with friends and relatives, watching old westerns and movies, working in the yard and garden pulling those pesty weeds. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who asked, and was a very generous and kind hearted person.

Jim is survived by Donna, his wife of 50 years, and his son Mike, whom Jim was very proud of and was so pleased that he grew up to be an honest and hardworking man. He is also survived by three brothers, Jerry (Sue) Kulig of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Gary/Boo (friend Kay) Kulig of Arcadia, Wisconsin, Robert (Rose) Kulig of Onalaska, Wisconsin and two sisters, Carol (Len) Litscher of Fountain City, Wisconsin, and Mary (Dave) Kriesel of Fountain City, Wisconsin, and many nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by a twin brother who was still born, his parents and grandparents.

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 03, 2024, with visitation one hour prior at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St. Onalaska. Burial will follow at the Onalaska City Cemetery.



  1. Eisbrenner Family

    So sorry to have read of Jim’s death. He touched many lives and will be thought of often and never forgotten. May the joys you knew and the times you shared help comfort you at this sad time. We have received help and comfort from Bible verses such as this one recorded in John 5:28. It reads “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus Christ) voice and come out.” May the God of all comfort give strength and his love to each of you.

  2. Brian Turner

    We lost one of the best, my condolences. R.I.P. Jim

  3. Ann Reichwein

    Condolences to Jim’s family, my husband Roger shared many childhood stories about Jim and neighbor kids playing together!
    He considered Jim a true friend ❤️

  4. Diane Lambert

    my deepest condolences to you and your family. I was a former classmate of Donna


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