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James L. "Jim" Zoelk

April 25, 1940 — February 26, 2022

James Loren Zoelk, age 81, of Darboy, passed away peacefully at his home, on February 26, 2022, with his family by his side, from pancreatic cancer. He had also struggled for many years with diabetes and neuropathy. He was born on April 25, 1940, in Appleton, son of the late Clarence and Ruth (Piette) Zoelk.


He graduated from Appleton High School, Class of 1958. On October 21, 1961, he married Sally Schultz at St. Therese Catholic Church in Appleton. Jim was the owner and operator of Jim’s Standard Service Station in Kimberly. He attended the UW Fox Valley and was employed by Thilmany Pulp and Paper in Billing and Traffic Department. Later he worked for Coldwell Banker until his retirement.


Survivors include his wife Sally, celebrating 60 years of marriage recently, his son Brad (Katie) Zoelk and their children Paige and Drew, his daughter Vicki (David) McMorrow and their sons Ryan and Mitchell, his brother-in-law Richard (Karen) Schultz and sister-in-law Barbara Schultz, nephews, nieces Scott and Sue Zoelk, Lorie (Zoelk) Wommack, Brandy (Zoelk) Pollock, Lisa Schultz, Anne (Jeff) Gahr, Julie (Scott) Rohloff and Tim Schultz as well as many other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Tom, nephew Todd and brother-in-law Cliff Schultz.


Jim was an avid boater, bowler, and golfer. He also enjoyed stock car racing, and especially his boating trips on the Mississippi River. Jim also enjoyed his children and grandchildren and vacationing on Round Lake in Waupaca.


Jim’s memories will remain in our hearts. Per Jim’s wishes the family will celebrate his life privately. For more information and to express condolences, please visit


The family would like to thank Tina Keller for her Sunday visits.


A special thanks to all at ThedaCare at Home Hospice, especially our “Caring Angels” Lorraine, Ida, and Dawn. If you wish to you can donate to ThedaCare at Home Hospice in Jim’s memory.

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