Jim, as he was known by his many friends, had a great sense of humor, an infectious smile, and an infinite love for his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. He was the best husband, the best father, and the best grandfather anyone could hope for.
Like his father Einar, who immigrated to the United States from Norway, and his grandfather Martinus, Jim loved and worked for the railroad. As a young man, he helped lay track for the Soo Line. Later, after serving in the Army and successful stints with companies such as Yardley of London, Kellogg’s, Chun King (a division of R.J. Reynolds), and Blue Bell / Wrangler, he worked as an accountant for Amtrak for many years, spending most of his time in the offices at Philadelphia’s beautiful 30th Street Station.
Born in Superior, Wisconsin, on August 18, 1934, Jim graduated from Superior Central High School and the University of Wisconsin. He was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers and a part-owner of the team. He loved to read, especially detective novels and thrillers, and was always the best person to go to when you needed a crossword puzzle answer.
Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Jeanne (nee Scoggins); three daughters, Robin Gattis, Sherri Arneson, and Lisa Williamson; a son, Erik Arneson; and five grandchildren, Linsey Wheeler, Craig Gattis, Payton Willamson, Keltie Williamson, and Kayden Williamson. They all miss him desperately but look forward to being reunited with him in heaven.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your local SPCA (Jim and Jeanne rescued many dogs through the years), St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Leukemia Foundation, or the charity of your choice.
Dad was awesome.