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James William Gotham

James William Gotham, 77, passed away on Feb. 5, 2014, under hospice care at St. Francis in the Park nursing home. He was born June 26, 1936, in Chetek, Wis., to Terry and Helen Gotham. He was a genuine and honest man, a loving husband, and a good father.

Jim grew up in Chetek and was very active in sports and outdoor activities. Fishing was an early passion of his that he enjoyed his entire life and passed on to many others, including his children and grandchildren. Jim also loved golf, and thought that just about any weather condition was a good day for golf. A favorite indoor activity was playing cards, including gin, cribbage, bridge and rook.

He attended Superior State Teacher's College (which later was renamed UW-Superior) where he earned a bachelor's and master's degree, and where he met Nancy Hollister, his future wife. They married in Aug. 1956 and shared 57 years together. After having taught school and becoming School Superintendent in several small communities in Wisconsin, they returned to Superior which became their permanent home. A severe hail storm in 1970 was the catalyst for a significant career change which led to the incorporation of Gotham Roofing.

Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy, and his four children, Loy Gotham, Terry Gotham (Robbin Roberts), Aaron (Suzanne) Gotham, and Ann (Robert) Cacace. He and Nancy have five grandchildren; Jim Gotham, Tyler Gotham, Amanda Obermeyer, Coty Obermeyer and Patrick Gotham. Jim loved to connect with his grandchildren through games, sports, feeding them desserts and playful kidding.

He was preceded in death by his brother Clifford and sister Patsy Schmitt; and is survived by his brother Carson (Evalyn) Gotham and sisters Mary Burroughs and Joyce (Neal) Melby.

A memorial service to celebrate Jim's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 22 at Faith United Methodist Church in Superior, where Jim attended and supported the church's ministries for nearly 50 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a memorial fund in Jim's memory to Faith United Methodist Church.