James B. Bretl


James B. Bretl of Port Washington died May 8 at Zablocki Veterans Hospital in Milwaukee after a short battle with cancer. He was 70.
Jim was born Aug. 8, 1948, in Waukegan, Ill., to Clarence "Fritz" Bretl and Ela (nee Limbaugh) Bretl.
He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1966 and then attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Jim enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. He became a staff sergeant and served for over four years in Libya and Greece.
After returning from the service, Jim worked at KMC Stampings in Port Washington in the shipping department for 35 years, retiring in 2009.During this time, he also attended Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Jim was a sports enthusiast and adventurist.
He traveled Europe and the U.S. extensively. He was a triathlete who skied the Birkebeiner cross country ski race, scuba dived in Greece and the Caribbean, hiked in most of our national parks and also trails such as the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Rim Trail, Ice Age Trail and trails in the Rocky Mountains and Cumberland Mountains. His family joined him on many of these adventures.
In his later years, and almost until his death, Jim could be seen walking six to 10 miles a day in his beloved Port Washington.
His interests also included golf, sailing, kayaking and gardening.
Jim was an avid reader, particularly in history and current world events. His interests were wide and varied and made him a great trivia partner.
Jim is survived by his sister Judy (Ted) Poull of Saukville, brother Ken (Candy) Bretl of Indiana, niece Emily Bretl of Dubai and numerous other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew Adam Bretl.
A military burial with interment of ashes will be held at Union Cemetery on July 13, 2019, with a memorial dinner to follow.
Jim's family would like to thank the Aurora doctors and staff and Zablocki Veterans Hospital for the remarkable care and compassion they provided Jim.



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