Jim Robert Brown
Jim Robert Brown, 71 of Camp Douglas, died Saturday August 1st, 2020 at Gundersen Lutheren Hospital in LaCrosse, WI.
Jim Robert Brown, 71 of Camp Douglas, died Saturday August 1st, 2020 at Gundersen Lutheren Hospital in LaCrosse, WI. He was born November 6th, 1948 to Robert and Julia (Dziengelewski) Brown at the Mauston Hospital, he was the first after 5 older siblings to be born in a hospital.
Jim attended school in Tomah through the 10th grade. He quit school to assist his father on the family farm. He later took over the family farm in 1972 at the age of 23 and ran it for about 4 years. Jim always preferred to be self-employed. He dabbled in driving semi, milk truck & school bus. He also sold insurance & beef. He finally found his nitch when he owned/operated the Oakdale Shell gas station for 4 years. He later scaled down & opened his own auto repair shop & wrecker service. Jim also contracted between the State of Wisconsin & area farmers to plant oak & pine trees for nearly 10 years with the help of his family, parents & friends planting hundreds of thousands of trees. His last & current job was performing “Highway Maintenance” for the Town of Cutler/Necedah Wildlife Refuge, Town of Bear Bluff & Town of Scott. He cut brush, mowed roadsides, graded gravel roads, replaced culverts & plowed snow. This is the business that he built for his sons to take over. He worked alongside them until just last week. Jim was most passionate about his family. He loved his children & grandchildren dearly. Traveling, camping, & cookouts with them was what he treasured most. Besides his family, Jim had several passions in life. Mostly, the Green Bay Packers, stock car racing, country music & traveling. He was very proud to be a “share holder” of the Green Bay Packers. So, much so that he even bought 1 share for each of his children. Packer games to Jim were like going to Sunday church; get on your best Green & Gold, sit down & be quiet! He raced his famous orange #01 “Dukes of Hazard” car at the Tomah/Sparta Speedway for nearly 10 years. Every Friday night was spent at the track. Lots of memories, fun times, good friends & a few accidents with mild injuries occurred, but his proudest moment was winning Track Champion in 1986. Jim also loved to play guitar & sing classic country. He was a self-taught musician & was a huge fan of Elvis. In his younger years, he was in a few bands that played together & performed in some local bars and then later Jim would perform alone on the weekends at Kelly’s Bar in Oakdale. He always enjoyed performing at many family reunions & his Mother was always his biggest fan. Jim traveled through nearly every continental state, but made planned trips to Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington & Canada with his family to see all the wonders that this beautiful country holds. Many times taking along his parents to enjoy in the beauty as well.
He was first married to Mary Allen on January 9th, 1971. They later divorced. Together they had one daughter, Stephanie (Steve) Lubinsky, of Holmen, WI. Grandchildren: Ian, Emma, Megan & Kaitlin.
He later married Vicki Stickney on November 9th, 1979. Together they had one daughter, Crystal (Chris) Swenson, of Tomah, WI. Grandchildren: Kendra, Morgan & Levi.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Vicki (Randall) Brown. Together they had two sons. Jim & Scott, still living at home. One brother John (Karen) of Winthrop Harbor, IL, 6 sisters; Betty (Jim) Lobenstein of New Lisbon, WI, Joyce (Delbert) Billings of Tomah, WI, Janet (Tom) Osterberger of Bethlehem, GA, Joan Stayton of Choctaw, OK, Judy Diamond of Warrens, WI and Linda (Dan) Litfin of Miamisburg, OH.
He is preceded in death by his parents & brother Steve Brown; as well as a couple of very close friends.
A Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2020. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E Monowau St. Tomah. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
Those in attendance are encouraged to use CDC recommended guidelines for Social Distance and Safety Measures.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com
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