James D. Grulkowski, 88 of Independence, died Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at Gundersen Health System
in La Crosse. Jim was born on December 4, 1934 to Stephen and Monica (Killian) Grulkowski. After
graduating high school, Jim enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Peace Time. On
November 7, 1959 he married Dorothy Pryzbilla. After he was honorably discharged, Jim worked for
farmers, Land’O’Lakes in Whitehall, and owned and operated the Welcome Bar in Independence for 40
In his spare time, Jim enjoyed turkey and deer hunting, fishing, taking trips to Lake Superior to go
sturgeon spearing, and most of all playing cards.
Jim will be missed by his wife, Dorothy; children, Dean (Mischelle) Grulkowski of Whitehall, David
(Audrey) Grulkowski of Whitehall, Dale (Laurel) Grulkowski of Independence, Daniel (Wendy Maule)
Grulkowski of Osseo, and Darin Grulkowski of Ankeny, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren;
brothers, Dennis and Ed Grulkowski; sister, Sister Stephanie Grulkowski; and his special card playing
buddies, Lisa Otterbacher and Julie Wheeler.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, LaVerne, Donald, and Robert.
A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m., Thursday, June 22, 2023 at Edison Funeral Home with a prayer
service starting at 3 p.m. During that time, friends and family are invited to the Welcome Bar for food
and fellowship. To leave an online condolence for his family, please visit www.edisonfuneralhome.com.

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