James “Jim” Albert Brickson, age 79, of La Crosse Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2019 in his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born on July 30, 1939 to Albert and Clarabelle Brickson. He married Carol Ann Friedrichs on August 26, 1961 in Mankato Minnesota.
Jim loved nature, especially birds and wildlife, and he enjoyed travel, fishing and hunting. He was a people person and especially cared about children. Those who know him well remember him as a funny guy who engaged in a lot of jokes and foolishness over his lifetime.
Jim spent most of his life in La Crosse Wisconsin. He was a graduate of Central High School, the class of 1958, where he lettered in track. He worked in the trades, first in plaster and stucco and later as a comfort technician for a local heating and air-conditioning company.
Jim is retired from the US Navy where he served for 25 years.
Jim is survived by his wife Carol, and his children: Cindi (Maggie), JR (Lee), Bill (Tracie), Eric (Averi); 17 grandchildren , eight great grandchildren, his sister Beth (Duane), and many extended family and friends.
Jim is preceded in death by his infant sons Jeff and Ben, his parents Albert and Clarabelle, and two brothers, Vern and Bob.
Jim’s family is grateful to his caregivers in family medicine, especially Dr. Zivney; and Palliative nurse Verona; as well as Gundersen hospice caregivers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Chapel of San Damiano, 900 Viterbo Drive in La Crosse with visitation from 9 AM until the time of the mass. Lunch (American Legion) and Interment will follow (MN State veterans cemetery at Preston MN).
The Family requests no flowers, memorials may be made to Gunderson hospice using this link: