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James C. Wehmhoff

August 19, 1941 — January 27, 2022

Maple Grove

James C. Wehmhoff

Wehmhoff, James C.

Age 80 of Maple Grove, passed away January 27, 2022.  He is survived by his wife Bonita (nee Bottema); Son Tom, his wife Rochelle and their children Erika (Alex), David and Pete;  Daughter Janet Rein,  and her husband Joe and their daughter Allison; Son Mike and his wife Jessie and children  Dominic, Lainie, Elliana and Cody; Son Dan and his wife Michelle; Daughter Sue Johnson and her husband Neil, and children Adele and Josephine.  Also survived by Brother Dickie; Sisters Mary McDonald, Joanie Duggan and Joy Vail; Brother-in-law Phil; Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law Bill and Linda;  many nieces and nephews.  Jim was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Veronica Wehmhoff; brothers Bobby and Joe; Sister Dorothy Vayder.

Jim’s eighty years have been filled with good humor, fierce loyalty, and unconditional love.  He was born August 19th, 1941 in Wayzata, Minnesota.  He died peacefully January 27th, 2022 exactly as he wished, surrounded by his wife and children “talking smart.” To him, this meant everyone would be okay.

He was raised in the Twin Cities metro area in a big catholic family with three brothers and four sisters.  He often shared fond memories as a teenager sneaking over the Lakeview Cemetery fence to fish for crappies.  He also bagged groceries at Ritter’s Grocery Store to pay for tuition at De La Salle and at age 12, rescued his little brother during a house fire.

He was an Aviation Storekeeper Second Class in the Navy and spent most of his military duty on the Intrepid, an aircraft carrier.  He then went on to earn his business degree in accounting at the University of Minnesota and worked as a CPA until retiring in 2004.

He met Bonita (“Neet”, to him) in 1964, and they were engaged three months later. At the time, they both worked at International Milling. After marrying on October 10th, 1964 they started their life together.  They raised five children in Plymouth, Minnesota and delighted in their ten grandchildren.  He enjoyed nothing more than cheering on his kids and grandkids from bleachers, auditoriums, stands, and sidelines.

While family was his greatest source of joy, his professional life was also very fulfilling.  For decades he happily rose before dawn to get an early start.  He deeply valued the relationships he gained with clients and business partnerships.

He was best known for his playful nature, clever wit, and hearty chuckle.  To know Jim was to love Jim. We were lucky to be loved by him.

Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 4, 2022, 11 AM at The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, 155 County Road 24, Medina.  Visitation Thursday, February 3, 2022, 4-7 PM at Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel, 15800 37Th Ave N @ Vicksburg Lane.  Entombment Gethsemane Mausoleum, New Hope.  Memorials preferred to The American Lung Association or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

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Past Services


Thursday, February 3, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Gearty - Delmore Plymouth Chapel

15800 37th Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55446

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Funeral Mass

Friday, February 4, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus

155 County Road 24, Wayzata, MN 55391

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