|James Whitcomb, Funeral Director|
I was born and raised in Janesville, growing up in the funeral business. My Dad, John Whitcomb, Sr., owned and operated the Whitcomb Funeral Home with my Mom, Dorothy (McCarthy) Whitcomb, until his death in 1978. I attended St. Patrick’s Grade School, and graduated from Craig High School, Class of 1975. I then attended UW-Stevens Point for several years, and played football there for my freshman season. I later transferred to UW-Whitewater, majoring in Accounting & Finance. I then attended and received my Diploma in Mortuary Science from Worsham College, in suburban Chicago. I am licensed in both Wisconsin and Illinois.
I worked for several years at the original Overton Funeral Home, and then left Janesville for approximately 4 years. I worked at the Strang Funeral Home in Antioch, IL before coming back home and purchasing the former Wolfgram-Henning Funeral Home from Phil Henning on Nov.1, 1990. In 2001, I merged businesses with Gerald Lynch, who had bought the Overton Funeral Home. In 2011, we moved to our new location at 21 S. Austin Rd., on the far west side of Janesville.
I married my wife, Deb (Dampier) Whitcomb, in October, 2009. We met and were dear friends since high school! Deb retired from Rock County Child Protective Services in 2012, and is a full-time student in Culinary Arts-Baking & Pastries at the Art Institute of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. I have a daughter, Emily Whitcomb, who graduated from UW-Whitewater this past spring, and is now working as a Paralegal in Wausau. My step-son, Matthew Dampier, is working in Milwaukee and planning on finishing his degree in Health Sciences.
I am a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and have been active on the Parish Council, Lector/Commentator at Mass, and formerly was an Usher. I enjoy golf, the Packers, am a Die-Hard Cubs fan, and root for the Brewers when they’re not playing the Cubbies! I am the “Commissioner” of the Janesville Men’s Church Golf League, and enjoy acting in local productions, notably playing Drake the butler in “Annie”, Schroeder in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and also as Uncle Teddy in “Arsenic and Old Lace”.