Franklin "James" Grist
February 14, 1927 - May 3, 2019
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First Congregational U.C.C.
724 E. South River Street
Appleton, WI 54915
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3131 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI
First Congregational U.C.C.
724 E. South River Street
Appleton, WI 54915
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Appleton, WI 54911
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Jim Grist passed away peacefully at his Appleton home on May 3, 2019, surrounded by his wife and all five of his children. Jim was born on February 14, 1927 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, son of the late Franklin and Gladys (Strite) Grist. He married Mary Lamers at St. Therese Catholic Church in Appleton…

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Scott Zastoupil left a message on May 12, 2019:
I am sorry for your loss. My condolences go out to the Grist family. I met Jim through his love of aviation. We flew sailplanes together on occasion and also got to take a ride in his Skybolt. He couldn't leave the ground without filling up the smoke system on his biplane. We went for a ride around the Waupaca area and left a smoke trail above my house with my wife waving onward. It was an extremely memorable experience.

I remember a story that Jim told me in the last years he owned the Skybolt when highway 10 was being built from Appleton to Fremont. He said before the highway was opened for traffic it was one of best smoothest unobstructed surfaces to do touch and goes. He may or may not have dragged his wheels down the highway for fun. A true barnstormer!
Linda left a message on May 11, 2019:
Wow! What a guy and legacy! You are so fortunateThis May sound trite, but it’s hard to feel badly for this awesom man, but all the more reason to miss him terribly. God bless!
mary lou belli left a message on May 10, 2019:
Charlie, Mary Lou, Maggie and Tim Dougherty send their condolences to Julie and all her family. He will live on in your wonderful children's book!
Barb Larsen left a message on May 10, 2019:
Mary, Julie and Family,
I am so sorry to learn of Jim's passing.I have happy memories of Mary living next door, holiday time spent at your home in Winona Court and summer visits with mom to the " cottage" at Waupaca. Thank goodness for memories that can never be taken away from us. Thank you Julie for staying in contact. If we get back to Appleton I will certainly stop to visit Mary.

Barb Larsen
Marilyn Olson left a message on May 9, 2019:
Dear Mary,

I offer my love and sympathy to you and your family.
I, too, am sad that your wonderful Jim has passed!
Bob and I were so fortunate to know Jim - and you, of course, - for the many years that we shared memorable times together on the Chain O'Lakes.
I am still in Naples and will not be able to be at Jim's memorial service but I will be thinking of you tomorrow and hope to see you this summer. May the wonderful memories you have of Jim bring you comfort at this difficult time.
Marilyn Olson
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MaryKay Hayward left a message on May 9, 2019:
Dear Mary,
So-so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. I am so disappointed that I will not be able to attend the service on Friday because I am chairing a Mother/Daughter Tea at our church .Greg will attend and represent us. Hugs, Mary Kay
Ron Officer left a message on May 9, 2019:
Mary and family. So sad, but what a life well lived. Jim was quite the man. So much talent and a great guy.
My sentiments to you and your family.
I hope you are doing well.
Diane Martini left a message on May 9, 2019:
Dearest Nancy - What a wonderful tribute to a man who clearly loved life. He seems not only to have left his thumbprints on gadgets and technology, but also on his children. You are his true legacy and I can see your smile in his smile. Go forth and shine, my friend. The day is young. Sending a big hug and heartfelt condolences. XXO.
Jim Harkness left a message on May 9, 2019:
Dear Grists,
My deepest sympathies for your loss. Thanks so much for sharing the story of Jim's amazing life, truly a life well-lived!
Jill Paule left a message on May 9, 2019:
Dear Nancy and the Grist family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like a wonderful person and a fine example for us all.
Much love, Jill Paule
Jerry Lecy left a message on May 8, 2019:
Dear Mary, and Family.
My condolences to you with Jim’s passing. May you celebrate the wonderful life of a very fine man.
David Lipscomb left a message on May 8, 2019:
What a wonderful tribute -- full of love and humor and quirkiness and life! Now I really want to know what happened to the computer-controlled cocktail dispensing machine.
Eileen Landmann left a message on May 8, 2019:
Lorelle, Brian and family,
May your warmest memories help to ease your grief and bring you comfort. My sympathy in your loss.
Nancy & Bill Neuman left a message on May 8, 2019:
Mary, family;
So sorry to read of Jim's passing.
What a wonderful guy, we have many very fond memories of great times with Jim on the 'Chain.
Mary Beth kuester left a message on May 8, 2019:
although I briefly met Jim and Mary as a friend of Jacks, i admire a life well lived. My sympathy to the family and friends.
Grace Sheely left a message on May 6, 2019:
Cheers to a life well lived. What an example for all of us. He will be missed and remembered always by many.

With sadness and memories shared.

Grace Butler Sheely
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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