James L. Mishler Sr., of Deerbrook, died Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Eastview Medical and Rehabilitation Center. He was 78 years old. He was born on December 12, 1942, in Manitowoc, a son of the late Cloyse Mishler Sr. and Marcella (Petarski) Smith. He married Carol Knuth on June 2, 1962, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Elcho.
James was a member of the Wisconsin Laborer's Union Local 400 for many years.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, trap shooting and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; two daughters, Lee Ann (Joe) Braatz of Shawano and Lisa (Tom Basler) Mishler of Gleason; three sons, Dan Mishler, David (Ronda) Mishler and James Mishler, Jr. all of Deerbrook; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Donna (Ronald) Hagen of Irma and Joan (Ray) Pond of Rhinelander; three sisters-in-law, Jeanne (Bob) Roberts of Florida, Arlene (John) Gagas of Milwaukee and Pat (Steve) Byhoffer of Minneapolis; and a brother-in-law, Mel (Vickie) Knuth of Green Bay. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, John "Jack" Mishler and Cloyse "Butch" Mishler, Jr.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021, at 12 p.m. at Bradley Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Hagen officiating. Burial will take place at Kempster Lakeside Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral home.
We will always remember you as a kind and gentle soul, deeply devoted to your family and close friends. The outdoors was so much a part of you -- it was as though you were, literally, an extension of nature itself. You took me ice fishing for the first and only time in my life, you took Len fishing on a lake as tranquil and beautiful as your soul and the moments we spent with you truly changed our lives in ways you probably never imagined. Rest in peace and know that you have touched so many lives in such positive ways and, as your soul transcends from this existence to the next, know that you have been and always will be deeply loved and you will be missed tremendously.
Kyle and Lenuta Roberts"