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In Memory of Jim Gaumitz


3-5PM - Wednesday, November 23 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson

Funeral Services

5PM - Wednesday, November 23 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson

James “Jim” Gaumitz, age 60, of Hudson, WI, formerly of Woodbury, MN, passed away suddenly on November 17, 2016 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.

Jim was born on September 12, 1956 in St. Paul, MN to Charles and Viola (Ullstrom) Gaumitz. He grew up in Woodbury and graduated from St. Paul Park High School, the class of 1974. Following his graduation, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Minor in Speech from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 1978. In that same year, he began working for the Washington County Corrections Office and had been a dedicated Parole Officer at the Stillwater Courthouse for over 38 years. 

In 1979, he was united in marriage to Patricia A. Chezik, and their marriage was blessed with two sons, William and Bennett. Jim was an avid participant in the Boy Scouts, and instilled that same passion in his two sons and many more boys in the community. He was currently serving as the District Unit Commissioner and Assistant Scout Master of Troop 140. He received the District Award of Merit, served on the National Jamboree twice, and was a member of the Order of Arrow at the Vigil level.

Jim also loved the outdoors – hunting, fishing, and boating – both at their family cabin in Frederic, WI and at his hunting cabin in Baudette, MN. He also enjoyed golfing, and was known for his collections, gathering an array of vintage and current Boy Scout patches as well as Star Trek related memorabilia. Above everything though, Jim was a big family man and enjoyed every moment he got to spend with his wife, sons, and his large circle of friends.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pat; sons, William and Ben; mother, Viola; and brother, Timothy. He is preceded in death by his father, Charles. 

A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, followed by a service at 5 p.m. Interment at a later date in Bertha, MN.  

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    • Although my circumstances of knowing your husband, father, and friend were not the most glamorous because we met when he became my probation officer in 2007. However, I had a lot of respect for him. He taught me that life is too short to keep going down the road that I was at the time. I am a better person because of Jim. I appreciate you all for such an awesome guy. Thank you. My condolences to all of you.

      Melissa Remington

    • I will always remember Jim as that one guy who was always kind, caring and willing to help others. I had the pleasure of working with Jim for almost 14 years. After I left the County, we always made time to have lunch together! We would talk about his latest update with the cabin, the boys finishing college and his retirement plans. He was a very proud man of all of his accomplishments and yet so humble. He will be truly missed!!
      My sincere condolences to his family. May you cherish his memories!

      -Kathie Spoo

    • The public defenders in Washington County loved working with Jim. He was fair and kind to our clients. Always prepared, thoughtful, and delightful to banter with while waiting for cases to be called. Jim was a man of great character. His influence will reverberate for years to come in the officers he trained, and the clients he helped succeed. I am so terribly shocked and saddened by his death. Wishing peace and comfort to his loved ones.

      – Laurel O’Rourke

    • Pat, William and Ben,

      I had the pleasure of working with your husband and father for 10 years. He was always so kind, patient and willing to help when he could. Your husband and father mentored many, many new agents and changed the lives of many, many clients. He was a wonderful Probation Officer and our office will not be the same without him.

      Gods peace to you during this difficult time.
      Jessica Dansky

    • His passion for his family, scouting and love of the outdoors will always be remembered. I remember him always encounging the youth to make the right choices. I will remember the nights sitting around the campfire. Our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

      The Stofferahn’s

    • The news of Jim passing was shocking and terrible. I had the pleasure of working with Jim and I have rarely met someone who had such a ready smile and gentle demeanor, He will be misssed for so many reasons and my deepest condolences to his family,

      Tom Wedes