Obituaries released for Denise and James Closs, slain parents of missing Jayme

The pair were killed at their home in Barron, Wisconsin on Oct. 15.
Publish date:

The funerals for the parents of missing Jayme Closs will be held in Wisconsin this weekend, as an obituary pays tribute to the pair killed in their Barron home last week.

James and Denise Closs, aged 56 and 46, were found dead with gunshot wounds at their home in the early hours of Monday, Oct. 15.

Their daughter, 13-year-old Jayme, was in the home at the time of their deaths but hasn't been seen since.

A major search to find her, which included an Amber Alert, has been undertaken since, but she remains missing and considered to be in danger as of Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2018-10-23 at 2.19.07 PM

The funeral for her parents will be held in Cameron, Wisconsin on Saturday, with an obituary posted by Rausch and Steel Funeral Home revealing more details about the slain couple.

The pair married in 2003 in Las Vegas, having both worked at the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron for 27 years.

James Closs, a native of Ladysmith, Wisconsin, "loved the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers and getting into conversations on the 'glory days' of his high school sports career."

Denise, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, "loved working with her flowers, feeding her birds, she loved angels and helping everyone, any way she could."

Their funeral will be at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Cameron, of which Denise was a member, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Subscribe: Sign up for our Bring Me The Newsletters

Some 2,000 volunteers conducted a grid search in rural Barron County on Tuesday, as police continue to look for any clues about Jayme's disappearance.

On Monday, the Barron County Sheriff and the FBI released pictures of two vehicles of interest in the case, and want anyone with information to contact its tip line at 1-855-744-3879.

Hundreds also gathered for a "Gathering of Hope" for Jayme at Barron High School on Monday evening.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Wolves-Grizzlies game off, KAT tests postive for COVID

The Timberwolves star was among several players that are dealing with COVID-related issues.

minnesota state fair

Planning for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair is underway

The fair suffered huge financial losses due to COVID-19, but organizers are moving forward with planning "different scenarios" for this summer.

Screen Shot 2021-01-15 at 2.16.44 PM

Heather Brown named as new WCCO 'This Morning' anchor

She will be joining Jason DeRusha on the CBS affiliate's Morning Show.

DPS John Harrington

DPS Commissioner: No credible threats to state Capitol, but ready if something arises

Local and state law enforcement officials have a plan in case a threat arises.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Here are snow totals from Thursday-Friday winter storm

It's a slushy mess in the metro, but snow did pile up in southern counties.

tim walz

Walz fury after report that government's COVID vaccine reserve is nonexistent

The Washington Post reported Friday that the Trump Administration has shipped out all the vaccines it has already, with none in reserve.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on MLK Day 2021?

Local government offices will generally be closed on Monday.

BMTN 900x450 (8)

Company that falsely promised student loan forgiveness banned from MN

It's also been ordered to repay $11,499 in fees taken from Minnesotans.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for January 15

Hospitalizations are the lowest in Minnesota since October 25.


Osterholm: B117 COVID strain could become major issue in 6-8 weeks

The B117 variant is believed to be more easily transmitted.


Timeline: The disappearance of Jayme Closs

The 13 year old had been missing for nearly 3 months.

Jayme Closs search: Police want more information on her parents

Denise and James Closs were shot dead at their home in Barron on Monday.

Man, 21, held for kidnapping of Jayme Closs, murder of her parents

The 13 year old was found on Thursday having escaped her captor.

Search for Jayme Closs is scaled back as number of tips decline

The 13 year old has been missing since Oct. 15.

New details about night Jayme Closs disappeared, her parents died

Dispatch logs reveal previously unreported details about the night Jayme went missing.

Reward for finding Jayme Closs doubles to $50,000

It's thanks to a donation from her parents' former employers.

2,000 volunteers needed for massive search in Jayme Closs case

The Barron County Sheriff's Office put out an appeal on Monday morning.

Jayme Closs: The girl who saved herself

The 13 year old escaped on Thursday, after the trail had seemingly gone cold.