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James Charles Sanford

James Charles Sanford, 72, of Viola, went to be with Jesus on September 20, 2017.  He died peacefully at home, surrounded by family.
He was born on April 13, 1945 to Charles and Virginia Sanford in Richland Center, Wisconsin.
On October 18, 1963 he married the love of his life, Mauretta Baker.  Together, they had 3 children:  Jeffrey, Christine, and Tricia.
Jim loved sports – especially the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, and the Wisconsin Badgers.  He enjoyed travelling, socializing with friends and family, playing golf, watching Fox News, and his dog, Molly.
He was a great athlete, and a successful businessman.  He was loved by those who worked with him. He was known for his positive attitude, easygoing and forgiving nature, and sense of humor; and when he became your friend he was your friend forever.
Jim is survived by his wife, Mauretta; his son, Jeffrey (Karen) Sanford, of Shell Rock, Iowa; his daughter, Christine (Michael) Butikofer, of Cresco, Iowa; his daughter, Tricia (Robert) Longsdorf, of Las Vegas, Nevada; six beloved grandchildren:  Emily, Abigail, and Ethan Longsdorf; and Lauren, Alison, and Kendal Butikofer; a brother Alan (Carol)Sanford, of Waukesha; a brother Richard (Vickie) Sanford, of Watertown; and a sister Barbara (Gerald) Glass, of Readstown; and many other friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, at the LaFarge Free Methodist Church, 214 S.Cherry St., LaFarge, Wisconsin.
Blessed be the memory of James Charles Sanford.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to  Lafarge Free Methodist church, Viola United Methodist Church, Viola Rescue Squad or Vernon county hospice.

Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.

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