James W. “Jimmer” Grebe, renowned Wisconsin entrepreneur, loving father, and President and Owner of Grebe’s Bakeries, Inc., has passed away at the age of 58.
Recognized most for his kindness, passion, and love for his father’s business, James will be forever cherished in the hearts and minds of his family.
“It is with very heavy hearts that we share with you the passing of James W. Grebe, Jr.,” the Grebe’s Bakery family shared on their Facebook page. “Whether you knew him as Dad, Grandpa, Jim, Jimmer, or Mr. Grebe, he always treated you like part of the family. Jim, your one-of-a-kind humor and kind-heartedness will truly be missed, and we will do our very best to carry on your legacy of having fun and dreaming big.”
Today, Grebe’s Bakery services over 300 locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin, including Speedway, Sentry Foods, Woodman’s Markets, Sendik’s, Piggly Wiggly, and Open Pantry, and many other independent grocery stores. The bakery wouldn’t be where it is today without James’ leadership.
Following in his father’s footsteps, James, who started out in the family business by cleaning bakery cabinets and toilets, had continued to expand his work ethic and build on his relationships with his employees. He always went out of his way to acknowledge each and every person he met, building a countless number of friends along the way.
James’ philosophy since starting out in the business has always been, “Be the first to get up and the last to sit down.”
Aside from his work with Grebe’s Bakery, James is also a past President of both the local and Wisconsin Bakers Association, as well as a member of the National Retail Bakers of America. He loved fishing, snowmobiling, and relaxing with his dog.
James is survived by his three sons, Brandon (Kira), W. Garrett, and Colton, his grandsons Ashden and Kennedy, brother Robert, sister Kathy (Bucky) Khonke), and many other relatives and friends, including his bulldog Ozwald.
A visitation and service was held for James on January 25 at the Hartson Funeral Home in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Donate Life Wisconsin.
DeliMarket News would like to offer our condolences to family and friends of James for this loss.