James W. Kuchler “Tilt” age 63, found peace on Saturday, January 16, 2016.
He was preceded in death by his parents James E. Kuchler and Helen Kuchler (Grady). James mother Helen died when he was only 17 years old, and he recently talked often about his love and remembrances of her. He was the last member of the Kuchler family from North Lake which operated Kuchler’s Resort and Boat Landing. Beloved cousin of Anthony Bong. He is further survived by loving cousins of the Kuchler and Bong family and many friends in the Lake Country area.
James graduated from Arrowhead High School in 1970 and after a brief time working at Chenequa Country Club, he became a mason by trade and during his life worked for many Lake Country businesses and residences doing concrete and brick work. Known for his excellent finishing work, he had to turn down opportunities by many who requested his services, as his health started to fail over the last few years.
James had a big heart for anyone in need and was an avid hunter and fisherman. By far his favorite hunting was for ducks, with rabbits as a close second. His two favorite dogs were named Lucky and Buddy. He was an expert at catching big northern pike at the mouth of the Oconomowoc River on North Lake, during ice fishing season. He also enjoyed trout, walleye and pan fishing. In addition to hunting and fishing in the Lake Country area, he loved and often talked about his trips with friends to Northern Wisconsin and various southern states. When he was not hunting or fishing, he loved to shoot trap, play dart ball, watch Nascar (Tony Stewart), and help friends with their projects.
Over the last 7 months, James health deteriorated fast. Special thanks to the Aurora Summit Hospital and clinics where James spent so much time recently. Doctors, nurses, homecare nurses, and administrators treated James with dedication, compassion, and kindness during his last months.
Lastly, and most importantly, I would like to thank and express my extreme gratitude to all of his friends and cousins who helped in so many ways. From taking him to appointments, to taking him hunting and fishing, to building ramps, to cleaning his house, to picking up mail, to dropping off meals, to taking him for rides around the area, and so many other things. He loved and cherished you all.
On Saturday, January 30, 2015 James will have visitation from 9:30am to 11:00am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church in North Lake. A celebration of his life will follow at Kutz’s General Store – Stone Bank, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, please give donations to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church or North Lake food pantry, North Lake, Wisconsin.