James Barton “Jim” Fleming
Jim passed away peacefully on Friday, May 10th, 2019, at the age of 96 from natural causes after recent visits from his children. Cremation has taken place at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory. A vigil for Jim will be held at 7:00 P.M., Thursday, May 16th, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M., Friday morning, May 17th, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with graveside committal and burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Livingston. Following will be a reception at the St. Mary’s School Gymnasium.
Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jeanne of 50+ years; sons, Ken and Don; parents, Jeannette and Grover; sisters, Marie and Mary Lou; and brothers, Jack and Pat.
James is survived by his youngest brother, Mike; sons, Bob (Glenda), Bill (Karen), John; and daughter, Kay; sister-in-law, Marianne (Pat) and brother-in-law, Keith Yale along with grandchildren, Crissy (Kevin), Darren (Heather), Rob (Susie), Sara (Anthony), Mark, Blaine, and Lindsey. There are also numerous great-grandchildren, nephews, and nieces which all added many years to his life because he enjoyed them all so much.
After graduating from Park County High School in 1940, Jim proceeded to attend and graduate from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering; all of which he was extremely proud of and would share stories with anyone that would listen. Upon graduation in 1945 Jim took command of a ship in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. When asked why not stay in the Navy, he replied that the choice between the ocean or the mountains of Montana around Livingston; there was no question, he came home.
Upon returning home he joined the family business with his dad and brother, Pat. Jim and Jeanne were married in 1953 and together they raised six children. There was still enough love from this union that many foster children were welcomed into this family. Upon selling Fleming Bros. Grocery Store, Jim went into semi-retirement doing locksmithing jobs, building maintenance, and most of all being GRANDPA.
Fly fishing on the Yellowstone, camping at Big Creek, telling life’s stories, having a drink of Schnapps, or puffing on a cigar or pipe to keep the mosquitoes away were of enjoyment throughout his life.
Jim led a good long life, now you can rest in peace DAD.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Livingston HeathCare Hospice, 320 Alpenglow Ln, Livingston; or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 39 View Vista Dr, Livingston, MT 59047.