James Gerard Bach, Jr, 71, died unexpectedly, February 20, 2023 at his home in St. Peter, Minnesota. He died as a result of complex medical conditions. The family is shocked and saddened by his passing.
Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 27, 2023 at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mankato with visitation one hour prior to the service. Livestreaming will be available at www.mankatomortuary.com.
James “Jimmy” was born on April 15, 1951 to Doris (Walters) Bach and James Gerard Bach, Sr. He was welcomed at his first home in Mapleton by his parents and his sisters, Helen and Judy. The family also welcomed his younger brother, Paul several years later.
Jimmy spent most of his younger years at the family farm in Mapleton, Minnesota. Those years were spent with frequent family gatherings, tending to the farm and its animals, and developing a love of cars. He spent countless hours waxing and polishing his favorite cars as well as depositing numerous layers of "rubber" on various roads.
Jimmy attended Mapleton Public Schools and developed a skill and passion for wrestling. He began working for Hubbard Milling Company in 1970. He retired with that company.
Jimmy helped make his own home in November of 1971 by marrying Loretta (Schutte) Bach and having their children, Laura, Mike, and Amy. They all lived in Mapleton but also spent a good deal of time traveling and vacationing to Hawaii, Florida, Michigan, and the yearly trek to Leech Lake. It was during these times he also developed the reputation of being the "Fun and kinda crazy uncle Jimmy" to Mark, Lisa, Karla, Dean, Craig, Keith, Kevin, Teresa, Ann and later Maxine and Danielle. He and Loretta divorced in 1987.
Jimmy made his next home with Kim (Yanez) Schultz and welcome her daughter, Tara and her son, Dylan into his expanding family. They later divorced.
Jimmy's next home was in St. Peter, Minnesota. He continued his love of traveling, camping, fishing frequently, enjoying Casinos and stopping in for coffee daily at his frequent "hang outs". His medical complications kept him closer to home later in life, but he attended as many activities and family events as possible. He stilled traveled when he could.
He will be welcomed by those predeceasing him, his parents, Doris and Jim Bach; his beloved nephew, Keith Etherington; and many of his aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.
Those grieving him now are his children, Laura (Jeremy) Olson of Mapleton, Michael (Sandra) Bach of Mankato and Amy (Brian) Rademacher of Le Sueur; his grandchildren, Tyler Olson, Kylie Olson, Christian Bach, James Bach, Matthew Bach, and Paisley Rademacher; step-grandchildren, Brady Rademacher and Nathan Quast; his siblings, Helen (Marlin) Krienke, Judy (Jerry) Etherington and Paul (Denise) Bach; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; former partners, Loretta Bach and Kim Schultz Yanez; countless friends; and world travelers also join in mourning his passing.
He is now in his final home; rejoice he is free of the pains of this physical realm of his journey.