TenpennyJamesWJames W. “Jim” Tenpenny, age 80, of the town of Port Washington, WI, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton after battling cancer.

He was born on January 22, 1936, son of Donald and Coletta Mehring Tenpenny in Elkhorn, WI.  As a young boy, they moved to Port Washington. Jim graduated from Port Washington High School in 1954.

On July 11, 1964, he married Delores Prom of Port Washington.  For over 40 years, Jim was a welder at the Bolens Manufacturing Company in Port Washington, retiring in 1997.  In the late 1970’s, they moved to County Highway KK.  He was an avid bowler, golfed in league at the Port Washington Country Club and Squires Golf Club.  He tended bar at Buczek’s Columbia Bar and Grill.  Jim enjoyed playing cards, sharing a beer or two with family and friends and always kept busy.  After retirement, Jim made deliveries for Biever/Kissinger Appliance of Port Washington for a few years.

He was a longtime usher for St. Mary’s Parish and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1043 of Saukville.  Time was spent doing his woodworking projects for family and friends or anything else in his workshop.

Jim is survived by his wife Delores; children Tammy (Garry) Garrison of Jackson, Todd (Carrie) Tenpenny of Saukville and Shelly (Jim) Brill of Colorado Springs; grandchildren Michael, Bradley and Kirsten; his sister Jeannie (Terry) Bradley of Fresno, CA; his brother Jerry (Barbara) Tenpenny of Cedarburg; daughter-in-law Cheryl Tenpenny of Sheboygan Falls; brother-in-law Donald (Pat) Prom of the town of Port Washington, other grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his son Donald Tenpenny and his sister Lois (the late Donald “Dunc’) Rosewitz.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 6:30PM Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church, 1802 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington.  Reverend Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant.  Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington.  Visitation will be from 4-6:15PM Wednesday prior to the Mass AT CHURCH with a rosary at 4PM.

Memorials to the Port Washington Food Pantry, 1800 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington appreciated.

POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, Port Washington assisting the family.  Information and condolences available at www.poolefh.com or 262/284-4431.



  1. So sorry for your loss Delores. My prayers are with you.

    Thinking of you,

    Patti and Rory Hofmann

  2. Our sincere sympathy to Delores and family. It is always hard to lose a good friend. Sorry, we will not be home in time from Arizona. Will see you soon at the Food Pantry, Delores. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Jerry and Bar I am so sorry for your loss. Try to keep in mind he is not suffering any longer.

    Delores I know the loss and pray for you. Remember all the good time that where had. Bolens had some great parties

  4. Dolores, Tammy and Todd, I am so sorry for your loss. I have lots of great memories of Jim and Delores over years.

  5. Delores and family So sorry for your lost. may he rest in peace. Myron will always remember him as one of the guys in welding at Bolen’s. Love Lu & Myron

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