VIOLA

James Charles Sanford
April 13, 1945 Sept. 20, 2017

James Charles SanfordJames 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.

On October 18, 1963, he married the love of his life, Mauretta Baker. Together, they had three children, Jeffrey, Christine and Tricia.

Jim loved sports especially the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers. He enjoyed traveling, 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; 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 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, at the LaFarge Free Methodist Church, 214 S. Cherry St., LaFarge.

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 of Onalaska, 608-7882188, is serving the family.