James R. Scribbins

James R. ScribbinsJames R. “Jim” Scribbins, 86, of West Bend, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at Ivy Manor in West Bend. He was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 1, 1928, to the late Ralph and Katherine (nee Graf) Scribbins, and graduated from North Division High School in the class of 1946.

Jim spent his career employed with the Milwaukee Railroad working in corporate communications.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Driscoll on Feb. 25, 1956, at Wauwatosa Methodist Church.

They resided mainly in Milwaukee with a short seven-year stretch when the railroad moved them to Chicago. Jim retired in 1993 and a year later they moved to Cedar Ridge in West Bend.

Jim enjoyed photography and playing the guitar. He also authored several books about the Milwaukee Road and railroad life.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three cousins, Gladys Giacalone of Mosinee, Jeanette Johnson of Wausau and Mary Moltzan of Mosinee; sister-in-law, Sylvia Driscoll of Kewaskum; niece, Sherry (Michael) Berend of West Bend; nephew, Terry (Mary) Driscoll of West Bend; great-niece, Angie Driscoll; two great-nephews, Ryan and John Driscoll; Barbara’s special goddaughter, Judy (Ed) Krepsky of West Bend; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Katherine; and a brother-in-law, Gerald “Jerry” Driscoll.

A memorial service in remembrance of Jim will be held on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Myrhum — Patten Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend. The Rev. Bill Dushek will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorials to the Milwaukee Road Archives at the Milwaukee Public Library (814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233) or the Milwaukee Road Historical Association (P.O. Box 307 Antioch, IL 60002-0307) are appreciated by the family.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.myrhum-patten.com.