James Kandler

James “Jake” W. Kandler, 83, of New Holstein passed away Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 following a lengthy battle with dementia.

He was born May 1, 1937 in New Holstein to Gilbert and Edna (Maile) Kandler. He attended school in New Holstein and graduated from New Holstein High School in 1955. Jake enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957 and served until 1960. He was stationed in Texas and Germany where he served as a tank mechanic for General Patton’s 4th Armored Division.

On May 2, 1964 he married Sandra “Sandy” Seyfert at Zion Lutheran Church in New Holstein; Sandy preceded him in death on Oct. 28, 2013.

Jake had worked most of his career at Tecumseh Engine Products in New Holstein until his retirement. He also drove school bus for Daun Transportaion.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in New Holstein, the New Holstein American Legion Post 124, the VFW Post 3153 in Chilton, and the Disabled American Veterans.

Jake was extremely proud to share his stories of his time serving in the Army. He loved to listen to country music, traveling with his wife, watching his beloved Green Bay Packers (he was a season ticket holder), communicating with birds (especially cardinals) with his vocal abilities, and spending time with his grandkids.

Survivors include his two children, Kevin Kandler of Chilton and Kris (Scott “Barney”) Bonlander of New Holstein; two grandchildren, Kayleigh and Devin Bonlander; his brother, William (Mary) Kandler of New Holstein; his sister-in-law, Susan Seyfert (Roger Goodwin) of Madison; and his brothers-in-law, Lawrence (Bobbie) Seyfert of South Byron and James Holz of Oakfield. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Gilbert and Edna Kandler; his wife, Sandy; three infant children, Tim, Tom, and Cynthia; father-in-law and mother-in-law Herman and Florence Seyfert; step-father-in-law Edward Seyfert; his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley (Brian) Carey; his sisters-in-law, Judith Westphal and Katherine Holz; and his brother-in-law, Gerald “Jerry” Seyfert.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1702 Van Buren St., New Holstein. The Rev. Azor Cigelski will preside. Military Rites conducted by the New Holstein American Legion Post 124 will take place at the church following the service. Jake will be laid to rest next to his wife in the New Holstein Cemetery following the Military Rites.

Jake’s service also can be viewed live at 2 p.m. the day of the service at https://www.zionnewholstein.org/page/live-stream-worship-services.

Family and friends may visit with Jake’s family at Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials in Jake’s name may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church, New Hope Center in Chilton, or Dementia Research. If not attending services at the church, you may mail memorials to: Family of James Kandler, c/o 1700 McKinley St., New Holstein, WI 53061.

For further details please contact the Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein at (920) 898-4300 or visit www.sippelfuneralhome.net.

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