James “Jim” Andrus, 57, of New Franken, WI. , passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family at home on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. He was born on September 21, 1963 to the late Norbert and Rita (Krocka) Andrus in Milwaukee, WI.
On January 6, 2011 Jim married Denise “DeDe” Cravillion in Mexico.
Jim loved working on cars and enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and Peanut. He also enjoyed going camping with his family and friends and listening to the oldies. Jim adored his grandchildren and loved them greatly.
Jim is survived by his wife of ten years, DeDe; two daughters: Crystal Vlies and special friend Jeffrey Bellin along with her children: Taitum, Edward and Charlette Vlies; and Heather (fiancé Kurt Laabs) Andrus; two brothers: Steven (Maria) Andrus and Joseph Andrus; his sister Naomi (James Keehan) Renard; father-in-law Norbert Cravillion; sisters-in-law: Debbie (Don) Brice, Jackie (Glen) DeGrand, Brenda Cravillion (friend Tim Vincent), Vicki Cravillion (friend John DeBauche); brother-in-law Butch (Stephanie) Cravillion and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers: Michael and Vincent Andrus; son-in-law Lance Vlies, mother-in-law Ethel Cravillion and sister-in-law Connie Cravillion.
A private celebration of Jim’s life will be held at a later date by his family.
The family would like to thank the St. Vincent Oncology team for their care and compassion. Jim loved all of his nurses.
“We cannot express our gratitude enough to our family and friends who came together and helped during such a difficult time. It’s greatly appreciated.”