James Michael O’Keefe
James Michael O’Keefe, 85, town of Stockton, the longtime
owner of OK Acres Holstein dairy farm, died at home Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday,
Dec. 17, at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Church in Custer, with the Rev.
Gregory Michaud presiding.Burial with military honors will follow in the parish
Visitation will be at Boston Funeral Home from 3until a rosary
at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and at the church from 10 a.m. Saturday until the Mass.
Memorial donations may be made to the Aging and Disability
Resource Center of Portage County.
Condolences may be offered online at
Mr. O’Keefe was born Oct. 1, 1931,in St. Cloud, Minn., a son
of the late Leonard and Genevieve (Corrigan) O’Keefe. He grew up in the town of
Stockton area. He attended local grade schools, graduated from P.J. Jacobs and
attended a short course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He served in the U.S. Army as a cook during the Korean War.
He was inducted in 1953 and was honorably discharged in 1955. He participated
in the Never Forgotten Honor Flight April 18, 2016, with his daughter, Ann, as
He was married to Elizabeth Gruetzmacher June 3, 1953. She died
Jan. 2, 1999.
He and his wife owned and operated the family farmon the
family homestead, OK Acres Registered Holsteins, for 40 years. He later raised
miniature ponies to showcase at family gatherings and parades.
He was known for hosting the Twilight meeting at their farm. He also stayed
active and was a 4-H leader for 35 years.
He was president of the Holstein Breeders Association and
was recently recognized as a founding member. In addition, he was recognized as
the Farmer of the Year by the Stevens Point Journal.
Every other year, he hosted a family reunion at Danny O
Park. In his retirement years, he was a volunteer driver for the Lincoln
He was a lifelong member of St. Mary Immaculate Conception Church
in Custer. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include seven children, Kathy Ross, Florida, John
O’Keefe, Madison, and Ann (Mike) Burant, Matthew O’Keefe, Aaron (Lonna) O’Keefe,
Joshua (Carolina Giraldo-Galeano) O’Keefe and Mary (Greg) Flees, all of Stevens
Point; three sisters, Margaret (Tom) Thompson, Sister Anita O’Keefe and Mary
Jean Lawson; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Kristina
Mrozek; two brothers, Patrick and Maurice O’Keefe; and one grandson.