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James “Jim” Albert Brickson

May 31, 2019 | 13 comments

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:



  1. Gary L Crandall

    Our condolences on Jim’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all. Gary & Dianne Crandall

  2. Maralynn (Whisler) Strong

    My sympathies to Jim’s family. He and I always talked at our Class Reunion. He was quick with a joke. May God grant comfort to all in your time of loss.

  3. Kala (Nelson) Muenzenberger

    Carol and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was one of a kind!! If I was having a bad day he could always put a smile on my face!! I’ve enjoyed knowing him for so many years, but so glad I was able to work with him for as long as I did. He truly will be missed!!!

  4. Rita Nutile

    Dear Carol and family,
    I am so sorry about the death of Jim. He will remain in my heart and memory. As a classmate of Carol’s at St. Francis School of Nursing I got to meet Jim. He was fun to be around. He was in need a “people person.”Rita Boland Nutile

    • Beth Fish-Schiltz

      Carol and family I am sorry for your loss. Sympathies and prayers to you and your family for comfort. God bless you. Love and prayers.

  5. Roger Bates

    Rest in Peace Jim. You have had a good life. I remember days of old and the big house with a long porch on Campbell Rd. Those were the days. One of the good guys in the class of 58′.

    • Mardi Gerleman Corcoran

      Carole,I’m so sorry for the loss of your partner of so many years. May he rest in peace.

  6. Joyce Heil

    Oh Carol I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jim was a great man and always so loving and supportive to you.
    Please know of my love and prayer.


    My condolences to the loved ones of Jim Brickson. I was a teammate and friend of Jim’s on the La Crosse Central High School basketball team and always enjoyed being with Jim. He was a fun-loving guy with lots of concern for the people in his life. He will certainly be missed.

  8. Wayne Wojciechowski

    Carol—Sense of humor was Jim’s middle name–I do remember that of Jim
    as I got to know him through Joan. Words will fall short of how I feel about your loss but know that Jim will always be with you in a new way now.
    May the peace of Christ be with you during these difficult times and recognize Christ’s presence through the people that are with you.

    Wayne Wojciechowski

  9. Allan Brague

    Our deepest sympathy to Carol and the family.
    Jim and I grew up in the same neighborhood near UW-L. It was always great to “run in to him” somewhere in town and we would talk and catch up on things.
    Loved his sense of humor. He will be missed.

  10. Rachel Feehan

    Pappy will forever be missed! I always enjoyed our driveway discussions! He was a great neighbor! Sending love and hugs from the Feehan’s!

  11. Theresa Schneyer

    Dear Carol and Family, My heartfelt sympathies go out to you all during this difficult time. I know Jim will be missed. You are all in my prayers for peace and healing. Jim was a good and generous man….I remember when he redid our dinning room ceiling on 23rd St. and always had a good joke to tell. He usually had a good “tale” to tell! God bless and Peace. Theresa Schneyer

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