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Obituary for James ‘Jim’ Marshall La Fournier

December 15, 1950 – May 21, 2023

James Marshall La Fournier, 72, passed away May 21 at The Villa at Lincoln Park after a long illness. He was born in Racine on Dec. 15, 1950, to the late Jerome and Marianne (nee: Jim) La Fournier.

James M. La Fournier
James Marshall La Fournier

Jim was married to the former Karen Burns in May 1982, and they eventually divorced. He loved his Harley, his Mustang, and going to car shows. He also enjoyed watching wrestling on Monday and Friday nights and all the old TV shows. Jim last worked at Bucyrus Erie before retiring.

Surviving him are his daughter, Jessica (John) Shaw; grandsons, Ashton and Caleb; sister, Lyn Zaehler; nephew, Dan Wensing (Matthew Cole); his former wife and friend, Karen La Fournier; his best friend of over 60 years, Frank Vego; and many cousins.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Ken Zaehler.

The family would like to thank The Villa and Compassus Hospice for their care of Jim.


Per Jim’s wishes, there will be no service.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.

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