James Lee LaMack
June 28, 1932—November 6, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO—James Lee LaMack, age 85, passed away at his residence in Colorado Springs, CO on November 6, 2017.
Jim was born on June 28, 1932 to Harry J. and Irene (nee Chester) Lamack in Racine, WI. He proudly served his country in the Air Force and was stationed in Europe. Jim married Joan Hanson in Belvedere, IL, on April 22, 1957, whom he deeply loved and missed after her death on June 1, 2007. He worked in Human Resources at Young Radiator Company and the University of Wisconsin Parkside.
He was a man of many interests; photography, raising tropical fish, cooking, reading, archery, music, movies, working on cars, and watching football and baseball intrigued him. He built model airplanes, rifles, furniture, cabinets, and model train setups. Jim played Schafkopf and cribbage. He personally remodeled two of his homes. Jim had a joking and playful relationship with his siblings. In retirement, Jim and Joan continued the family’s camping tradition by bringing grandkids along on their motorhome trips. The family moved from Racine to a farmette in Union Grove where they planted an apple orchard. After Joan died, he made Colorado his home to be closer to his son, buying a beautiful home with a view of Pikes Peak. Jim will also be remembered for his incredible generosity. Asked to impart his wisdom, he said “Enjoy your life.”
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Jeanne Heller, Curtis (Melanie) La Mack and Beth Havron, WI; twelve grandchildren: Matthew, Susannah, Joshua, Cameron, Hannah, Alexa, Jason, Amy, Timothy, Jonathan, Joseph and Janette; seven great grandchildren with more on the way; two sisters: Caroll Welch and Linda (Ronald) Newman; a brother, David (Arlene) LaMack; and a sister-in- law, Diane (John) Gustafson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; his son-in- law, Mark Heller, and his nephew, Michael LaMack.
A time of visitation will be held at Wilson Funeral Home (1212 Lathrop Ave.) on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. A celebration of James’ life will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.wilsonfuneralhomeinc.com