Condolence & Memory Journal

Lynette and family, and to Jimmy's brothers and sisters

I have sent this quote many times and now with the passing of my own Mom and Dad, I look at it daily. I hope in time it will bring you comfort.

Terri Curry

Nothing can make up for the absence of someone whom we love, and it would be wrong to try to find a substitute; we must simply hold out and see it through. That sounds very hard at first, but at the same time it is a great consolation, for the gap, as long as it remains unfilled, preserves the bond between us. It is nonsense to say that God fills the gap; God does not fill it, but on the contrary, God keeps it empty and so helps us keep alive our former communion with each other, even at the cost of pain...The dearer and richer our memories, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Posted by terri curry - elk point, SD - cousin   December 14, 2010

Dear Lynette and family,

We were so very sorry to hear about Jimmy's passing away. He was the older "crazy" cousin that always kept us entertained and many times laughing until our sides hurt. Never knowing what Jimmy was going to do next kept us on the edge of our seats.

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish there were words that could lessen the pain, but only the peace that come from above can do that. Certainly the knowledge that someday you will be reunited with Jimmy can bring comfort during this temporary time of separation. May the peace of God temper the pain of your loss.

Cheryl Kellen
Terri Curry
John Skalla

Posted by Terri (Skalla) Curry - Elk Point, SD - cousin of Jimmy's   December 14, 2010

I just finished watching the video that Cal made for the family. about jim's l;ife. I think I finally have gotten quiet enough to reflect how much I will trully miss you. I never got to spend enough time with you in recent years, but I can tell you that in the future I will trully try to enjoy family as much as you did by the smile on your face in every picture. You have made me realize how precious and dear we were to you.

Posted by Joyce Rhoads - smyrna, TN - sister   December 12, 2010

I will always remember my cousin Jimmy as the "Crazy Guy". Growing up he was
always the one to pull a prank or tease us younger girl cousins... He was the life of a party that was for sure. My family sends their sympathy for the loss of Jimmy to his wife Lynette, his children and all of his brothers and sisters...

Michelle Gustafson

Posted by Bryan, Michelle, Cara & Jared Gustafson - Omaha, NE - Michelle - 1st Cousin   December 09, 2010

Jim was a customer at the store where i work. I will never forget his smiling face and the way he always mad us laugh every time he visited. He will truly be missed by us all and our prayers are with his family.

Posted by Catrinna Anastasio - Waukesha, WI - acquaintance   December 08, 2010

I was glad to have to opportunity to work with Jim and lucky to consider him my friend. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to Lynette & family.

Posted by Jason - Waukesha, WI - friend   December 08, 2010

growing up next to the Jim and his family has been one of the greatest experiences in my life. from being one of kyles best friends for so many years there was always good times with him and his family. Jim meant a lot to me he always knew how to make you smile or give you that advise when you really needed it. from growing up from a boy to a man, Jim always was there. i will truly miss you Jim and my condolences to his family and to all the people who have lost a great friend

Posted by jeremiah schmuki - wales, WI - friend   December 08, 2010

everyday we talked lots of days we worked went through lots of fun and tough times with you the last few years going too miss ya hope your up in the clouds somewhere ramroddin a plowtruck and salter jimbo bossman captian

Posted by steve hill - waukesha, WI - freind   December 08, 2010

To remember Jimmy truly is to remember how to laugh-what it feels like, what it sounds like, what it looks like to see Jimmy smiling back at you because he knows he said something funny. He could always make any occasion feel like an adventure.

He was one of those people that was there for me at any moment in life-the good and the bad. He was my uncle, my friend, my confidant. He will forever keep those roles in my life.

My deepest sympathy to Lynette, Kyle, and Kelsey. Please keep laughing because Jimmy is somewhere smiling back at you.

Posted by Crystal Hoffman - Bettendorf, IA - Niece   December 08, 2010

This is one of the toughest moments in my life that I have to say good-bye to my buddy that I shared so much with over our childhood and growing up and doing all the things in life you should and shouldn't do. There are so many memories that we got to share. As a mission he will deeply be missed and our memories will be passed down as brothers should do. I'll miss you so much.

Sincerely and with deepest sympathy to Lynette, Kyle, and Kelsey,
Your brother Mark, Jamie, Tyler, and Breanna
Springfield, Nebraska

Posted by Mark Kraus - Omaha, NE - Brother   December 08, 2010

Not sure where one starts at sharing a memory of Jimmy. We were lucky enough to meet Jimmy through his sister Sheila at Lake Okoboji. We haven't know Jimmy for all that many years, but it seems like we've known him for forever. Steve and Jim shared a common interest in trucking and to put it plain and simple ,"BS". They were a lot alike and when the two of them were together it usually left us in stitches. Steve and Jimmy would get up early, drive around the Lakes and check things out, grab a newspaper, get ice and bring back the girls donuts. Steve swears Jimmy never stopped at stop signs, they were all yield signs to him. And we know that Jimmy was always in a hurry to get to Okoboji....proof would be in the speeding tickets he received or talked his way out of.
We will all have sad moments at the Lake next summer when "Uncle Jimmy" is not with us in person, but we know he will be with us in spirit, because he was the KING OF FUN. He was a very kind hearted person with lots of one liners who will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. Our deepest sympathies to you Lynette and family.

Deb Shatto and Steve Schomaker

Posted by Deb & Steve - Estherville, IA - Friends from the Lake   December 08, 2010

We will miss you Jim!

So sorry for your loss!

Posted by Jerry and Beth Huebner-Starman - Carroll, IA - friend   December 08, 2010


Lynette and Family - I met you several years ago at the Maple River Centennial. "Tookie" and I go back a long, long, long ways .... we were childhood friends and I have so many wonderful and fun memories of Tookie and our days in Maple River .... It was so good seeing him and meeting you ... I just can't believe it ... My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you and to Tookie's entire family. I know he will be missed. I hope he's hanging out with my Dad up there in Heaven, as I know those two will have big fun together.... Take care... Jane Henrich Walker (Des Moines)

Posted by Jane Henrich Walker - Long time Friend   December 08, 2010

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We will always remember the snowmobile stories shared with Jim. We talked and laughed about his comments on the cheap price for Artic Cat Oil in the drum. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Paul Pinzuti, New Berlin Building Systems, Inc. - Dousman, WI - Friend and Business Aquaintance   December 08, 2010

Our Sincerest and Deepest Sympathy to the Family, Jim was surely a "One of a Kind" always there to help no matter what. We've very fond memories of him throughout the racing years and many Badger Banquets.
Burned in my memory will always be a picture of Jim, in shorts, running down grand avenue with a horde of hornets chasing him cause he was showing me how to kill a nest hanging in my trailer by using starting fluid and a leaf blower to blow the mist into the nest, it only half worked and the other half were chasing him, in sadness I'm still laughing! God Bless

Posted by Bob & Nanci Prusinski - Franklin, WI - Friend   December 07, 2010

When I think back to my childhood, I will always think of the many summer nights spent at the Kraus house. Jim always made me feel like part of the family. I will always remember joining them for vacations, trips to the zoo, and fun nights out on the town. If you were with Jim, you knew you were going to have a fun time. I will remember his laugh, his smile and his awesome stories. Nobody had more fun than jim, I was blessed to have known him.

Lynette, Kelsey and Kyle thank you for sharing him with me. Know that if there is anything you need my family and I are here for you. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by Maggie - Wales, WI - Friend   December 07, 2010

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Lynette and family. Jim worked with me at Trucks Inc. for a number of years. You always new when Jim was in the building because you could here his voice and laughter echo through the building. He new how to have fun. There are too many stories to tell. I was one of the lucky ones whos paths crossed for those years. Such a treat and memories I'll always have. He'll be missed by all who knew him. My prayers are with you during these difficult times.

Posted by John Kislia - Janesville, WI - Jim worked for us at Trucks   December 07, 2010

I remember when our family would visit, my older sister and I were the only ones who were allow to go into his room. I am not sure why that was so cool but my younger sisters would stand outside his door and wonder what was so awesome in there. All I remember is once when we were in his room, we just stood there and looked around. It was just funny how Debbie and I thought we were the special ones. Then I remember talking to him at the Kraus family reunion in 2005. I am so glad we had that reunion. It had been years since we had seen each other.

Posted by Donna Kraus Culbertson - Omaha, NE - cousin   December 07, 2010


Lynette,Kyle, and Kelsey,
We cannot express how sad we are for you right now.The many
good times we spent together at Lake Okoboji will never be forgotten.
Jimmy had a special way of keeping things fun .He always told us that
if we looked up the word fun in the dictionary, his picture would there!
Whether he was "putting the boat away" with Mark, Jeff, and Steve or
trying new foods like citranella for fondue we always new he would keep
us in stitches.The Fourth of July and Labor Day will never be the same
without Uncle Jimbo for my girls.The cabin crew will miss you forever
and always share the fun times we had with Jimmy whenever we are
together.Thanks for sharing him with our families too.His passing has
left a huge hole and we will miss him till we meet again.I'm sure
heaven is getting a big treat right now.
All of our Love,
Mark, Sheila, and girls

Posted by Sheila Border - sister   December 07, 2010

Lynette, Kyle, and Kelsey, Know that our thoughts and our prayers are with you during this very emotional time. Memories include hunting in Cornell, what an enjoyable time, he added so much to that time. (Only wish he would of shot a big one.)I enjoyed the times spent at Cal's cottage, sitting around a table filled with a big holiday meal, later exchanging gifts and that grin on his face. Those are good memories, which are part of the picture that I have of Jim. Times like these you don't know what to really say but know that we are thinking of you all and praying that you will feel God's presence during this time. Know you are loved Take care Love, Mark and Jean Rose

Posted by Mark Rose - Quinnesec, MI - Friend   December 07, 2010

I will miss so much about you, but most of all the phone calls. Your laugh is one I'll never forget. I walk in the kitchen in the mornings and think about the times you were all here, and you'd have those cute glasses on with your cup of coffee reading the paper, and asking if I made your favorite coffee cake.
We shared so much together in our conversation, and that will always be a void with me. I'll love you forever, I feel so blessed that I got to talk to you 2 hours before your earthly light went out, and that the last thing you told me was, "I love you, catch you in the morning."
Your sister,

Posted by sandy hoffman - W.Des Moines, IA - sister   December 07, 2010


I'm so sorry for your loss! My deepest sympathies to the family.

Posted by Colleen - friend   December 06, 2010


After Craigs Dad died - Jim came and spent several weeks at our home to help with harvest. He did this for several years- sacrificing his time to help us.-What a blessing he was.. He would joke with our two boys and they had a blast with him. Many memories were made during those visits. Thanks Lynnete for sharing him with us- it was a sacrifice on your end too. Praying for you now and will continue to do so. Reach out to our Lord Jesus because He truly is the one that can give you the lasting strength you need to endure the pain.

Posted by Craig & Kay Skalla - cousins   December 06, 2010

Please accept our sympathy in your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you

Posted by Donald, Thelma ,Martin and Joyce Shawler - Creston, IA - Family   December 06, 2010

Jim was one of the lights of the neighborhood. He always had a smile and a wave and you knew if you needed something you could rely on Jim. I admired his dedication to his wife and family. He showed us all how to do it right.

Posted by Steve Vaughn - Wales, WI - neighbor   December 06, 2010

Lynette, Kelsey & Family -

Sorry to hear about Jim. May the fun and loving memories of Jim help bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Tiffany & Jon Schultz - Madison, WI   December 06, 2010

I remember first meeting Jim when he was employed as a truck salesman at Lakeside International Trucks, Inc. He was an outstanding sales person who related in an excellent manner with his customers. Jim and I became close friends. I retired in 2002 and began spending a majority of my time up here at our cabin on Lake Puckaway, near Montello, Wisconsin. Jim would come up here especially during the ice fishing season and we enjoyed many moments of fun out on the ice. Jim's favorite fish to catch through the ice was the Northern Pike and he did quite well at this sport. I will always cherish the times spent with Jim. He always had a good sense of humor and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Posted by John Laakso - Montello, WI - Friend   December 05, 2010