James Edward Crubaugh, age 72, regretfully passed from this earth on Sunday, December 27th, 2020, at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. A man who devoted himself to God and Country, Jim died after a long struggle with compounding health conditions. Imbued with youthful optimism, but firmly rooted by his traditional values, he will be remembered fondly by all those who knew him.
Jim began his life on a small dairy farm in Troy Center, Wisconsin, the son of James and Julia Crubaugh. Along with his many brothers and sisters, Jim’s life centered around family and community. An affable child, Jim loved the outdoors from an early age, but no love was lost on thoughts of school. Starting on his path early, Jim gained experience in the kitchen, at the hotel that employed his mother. By the age of 15, he was progressing towards the head-chef position at a local steakhouse, excelling in the hospitality industry from the very start.
In 1967, Jim found himself drafted, and on his way to the Army, reporting just after his 19th birthday. His prior experience aided greatly in the situation he soon found himself in, as chief of quality control at the Tan Son Nhut snack-bar, and ultimately in charge of annex facilities in Dong Tam, serving with the men of the 9th Infantry Division.
He left the Army after Vietnam, but only for a short while, as he found himself drawn back to the service of his country. Over his 22-year career, he found himself superbly gifted towards serving faithfully and honorably in positions such as aide to General Patrick W Powers, integral to the Pershing Missile-program, and as manager of many recreation facilities across the Army. Serving multiple tours in Germany, as well as several CONUS postings in New Jersey, Alaska, Virginia, Texas, and finally Kansas. From his posting at Fort Leavenworth, Jim retired from the Army in 1989, returning to the food-service industry.
In 1998 Jim finally was able to return home, in search of the Walleye he so enjoyed chasing (after much practice chasing the salmon in Alaska). He had always enjoyed a few weeks fishing up north every year, but “spent the rest of the year wishing I was there.” Moving throughout Wisconsin, he finally found home with his wife, Monica, in 2007. Five years later they arrived on their hilltop in Princeton, discovering their place together amongst the landscape of Central Wisconsin. Surrounded by the nature he so richly enjoyed, Jim spent his days writing and observing the flora and fauna of the world around him.
Over his life, Jim had three sons, of whom he was very proud. Jeffrey, Jason, and Jamey all followed their father’s call to serve and are proud veterans of the United States Army. Jason sadly lost his life in an accident while in Ranger School in 2002.
Jim’s wit and intelligence marked him as a modern-day Renaissance man, not soon to be forgotten by the world he so thoroughly enjoyed. He was well-loved by his wife, their family and friends, and will be missed by all.
Jim is survived by his wife Monica, his sons Jeffrey Crubaugh of Platte City, MO, and Jamey (Farrah) Crubaugh of Roeland Park, KS; grandchildren Addison and Brison Crubaugh, and Shyann Crubaugh; sister Diane (Larry) Wilkinson of Eagle, WI, half-brother Gary (Idona) Sellno of Higginsville, MO, and half-sister Karen (Alan) Kmiec of Boise, ID. Jim is further survived by in-laws Paula (Dennis) Le Mere of Greenville, WI, Robert (Kadihjia) Bohman of Neenah, WI, and Timothy (Michele) Bohman of San Antonio, TX.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents; sister Kathleen Riley, and half-brothers Kurt and Clark Crubaugh.
A memorial gathering will take place at a later date.
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