James “Jim” R. Van Schyndle, 81, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, in his home with a friend by his side. He was born on August 15, 1942, in Green Bay to the late Clarence and Gladys (Schoch) Van Schyndle. After attending East High School, Jim enlisted in the National Guard where he served four years. Following his service to our county, Jim worked in construction for many years.
Jim, also known as “Bubba” or “Frog”, loved the Northwoods of Wisconsin. He built a cabin near Crivitz which he enjoyed for many years. From 1981 to 1996, Jim and his wife, Diana (Makos), owned and operated a tour boat called Peshtigo River Tours, on High Falls Flowage. Jim used his talent and resourcefulness to custom design the “Peshtigo Princess”, the boat used for their tours. Their tour business allowed them to share their love for the area as well as Jim’s knowledge of the history and landmarks of the area.
Jim enjoyed sampling the Northwoods cuisine and showing people a good time. He and Diana were members of the local snowmobile club. Jim was a very determined individual, if something needed to be done, he would make sure it got done. He also loved his beloved dog, Babe.
Jim is survived by his friend of many years, Larry (Fay) Mullins, Crivitz; nieces, Patricia (Mike) Hoffman, Pam Nitka, and Janice (Tim) Mandich, all of Green Bay; nephews, Tom (JoAnn) Nitka and Dan Nitka, both of Green Bay; good friends, Omar Myrie and Ray Vanden Heuvel; and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Diana; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and John Nitka; nephew, Robert Nitka; and his infant nephew, Steven Nitka.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial service 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com.
The family would like to send a special thank you to Unity Hospice for their care and compassion along with Cornerstone Caregiving and Jim’s neighbor, Shelly, who provided much help and support.
Alex Bahrke is serving the family.