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James Julian Button


Tue, Oct 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Obituaries

James “Jimmy” Julian Button was born, in Rochester MN, July 17th 1931 to Julian Grove and Kathryn E. (Erwin) Button. His early childhood was spent on the family farm in Genoa until his mother re-married Clarence Boutelle (following the passing of Julian).

After moving to NE Rochester, he spent his remaining childhood and teen years going to school and working for Mr. Boutelle’s construction company. He graduated from Rochester High School and joined the U.S. Navy in 1950. He served aboard the USS Monrovia troop transport and was Honorably discharged in June of 1954 after achieving the rank of Machinist Mate 2nd class.

On April 9th 1953, he married Shirley Mae Christensen, in the Little Brown Church in Nashua IA. Together, they raised their 5 children in SE Rochester.

In July of 1956, Jimmy joined the Rochester Fire Department, retiring in January of 1990. Shortly before his retirement, he and Shirley moved to Wabasha MN and spent 11 years there, before returning to Rochester.

Jimmy enjoyed fishing, tinkering on various gadgets, hunting for the elusive Morel mushroom and socializing with his friends and family.

Jimmy is survived by his five children, Shelley (Steven) Dostal of Casa Grande, AZ, James A. (Brenda) Button of Dover MN, Bradley (Jennifer) Button of Rochester, Gregory (Barbara) Button of Rochester and Lisa Button (Frank Lebeck) of Lewiston MN. Jim will be fondly remembered by his twelve loving grandchildren Mandy, Katie, Jared, Leah, Marissa, Brandon, Anna, Lainey, Miranda, Nicole, Zach and Tyler.

He is preceded in death by his wife Shirley, his parents, two sisters Julia Grace and Marion Kathryn, half sister, Cloa Jane (Barker) Gunderson and half brother, Vernon Clifford Barker.

Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday October 4th at the Mahn Family Funeral Home. A private family memorial service will be held at Grandview Cemetery on Friday October 5th. Memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, in Jimmy’s name.

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