On Saturday, the parents of 13-year-old Jayme Closs were laid to rest. Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs were murdered at the same time that their daughter disappeared.
A joint funeral service was held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cameron, Wisconsin. A private burial is scheduled for a later date, according to an obituary posted by Rausch and Steel Funeral Home in Barron.
The authorities are still searching for the missing Wisconsin teenager. They encourage anyone with information to come forward.
One funeral attendee, Missy Ruffin, told WEAU-TV she worked with James for 15 years. She called the couple "ordinary people," and said she was stunned by the killings.
A touching obituary was released for her parents. The obituary released their lives and their dedication to the community. Read it below:
James was born Sept. 25, 1962, in Ladysmith, Wis., to James and Lynn Closs. Denise was born July 21, 1972, in Chippewa Falls, to Robert and Rebecca Naiberg.
James and Denise were married June 9, 2003, in Las Vegas. They had worked at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, for 27 years.
James loved the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers and getting into conversations on the “glory days” of his high school sports career. Denise loved working with her flowers, feeding her birds, she loved angels and helping everyone, any way she could. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cameron.
James is survived by his daughter, Jayme of Barron; mother, Lynn Closs of Ladysmith; sister, Kelly (Jim) Engelhardt of Bruce; brothers, Mike (Carla) Closs of Ladysmith, Jeff (Lynn) Closs of Ladysmith; nieces and nephews.
Denise is survived by her daughter, Jayme of Barron; father, Robert Naiberg of Cornell; sisters, Suzi (Phil) Allard of Cornell, Sandi (Gerald Jacobs) Sikora of Galesville, Wis., Jennifer (Bob) Smith of Barron; brother, Steve (Lacey) Naiberg of Conrath, Wis.; godchildren, Lindsey Smith, Jake Allard and Cricket Naiberg; nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his father, James Closs; and wife, Denise Closs.
Denise is preceded in death by her mother, Rebecca; husband, James Closs; and baby, Lewis.
Funeral services for James and Denise will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cameron, with Father Bala Raju Policetty officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday morning at the church. A private family burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, an account in the name of The Closs Family Benefit has been set up at Sterling Bank.
The family of James and Denise Closs would like to thank law enforcement officers, the community and surrounding areas, for their support and the family and friends that have reached out in so many different ways.
Arrangements are being handled by Rausch and Steel Funeral Home, Barron. Online condolences can be made here.
Please pray for the community as they mourn this loss. Also, please pray for the safe return of Jayme Closs. In other Jayme news, a man was arrested for breaking into the family's home and stealing clothing belonging to Jayme.