Madison- Jim “JJ” Back, age 74, passed away peacefully at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg on Saturday, October 9, 2021, after a battle with Lymphoma cancer. Jim was born April 18, 1947, in Madison, WI. He is the son of Alphons John and Marie Anna (Hornung) Back.
He graduated from Madison East High School in 1965. He worked at the United States Postal Service for 41 years. He enjoyed his monthly gatherings with former co-workers. He was an active and influential grandfather. He would often transport his grandkids to sporting events. You could always count on him grabbing his lawn chair and cheering the kids to victory. During Jim’s retirement he enjoyed walking the dogs, gardening, and tending to his wife Patti.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Patti (Smith), mother in-law Mary Smith, five children Brian (Linda) Back, Heather (Don) Nichols, Rachel (Rob Beck) Jacobs, Brady (Liz) Back, and Barry (Nicole) Back. Seven grandchildren Jakob, Elissa, Brianna, Hunter, Jack, Madison, and Liam. Sisters Anna, Rosanne, and Theresa. Several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and dogs.
Preceded in death by his parents Alphons and Marie Back, siblings Francis and Rita Back and brother in-law Clifford Skaife, and Doug Smith, and nephew Johnathan Lind.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Ryan Funeral Home, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison with Msgr. James Gunn officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, Westport.
The Back family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the St. Mary’s nurses on 5 southwest and the staff at Agrace Hospice Care.
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