Lynn, James J. Former Milwaukee County Supervisor and good friend died June 13, 2008, in Fort Meyers, Florida. Jim was born October 12, 1916, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He spent his childhood in Miami, Florida. At age 19 he moved back to Milwaukee and became the youngest crew supervisor at the Electric Company during the Great Depression. He served in the Army and later started a business as a government contractor in support of the war effort. He attended Marquette University to study real estate and started his own business as a real estate broker and construction contractor. He had a distinguished public service career, serving the people of the 21st District. He served two terms in the Wisconsin State Legislature where he initiated important legislation for Wisconsin State Parks and environmental legislation in support of recycling. As Milwaukee County Supervisor, Jim Lynn served as President of the Milwaukee County Public Museum where he provided key support to major improvements and expansion of the Museum. Jim was also instrumental in getting Milwaukee County Board's approval in obtaining various permits to build both Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin buildings which laid the foundation for the world-class Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. Jim saw the big picture and rose above relatively petty issues to ensure the growth, development and protection of the resources of Wisconsin and Milwaukee. Known for his warm and generous personality, Jim was famous for what he called his "kitchen dinners," informal gatherings of friends and family with good food and wonderful company. After dinner he would always ask his guests to come to the living room and "sit soft." After a long and difficult struggle, he passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side. He was a loving and dedicated husband and father. His wisdom, good-natured kindness, irrepressible determination and enduring strength inspired us and he will be missed. Jim is survived by his wife of 62 years Grace (nee Steck), his two sons Thomas J. (Paula) Lynn of Adell Wisconsin and James E. Lynn of Raleigh, North Carolina, five grandchildren Dr. Laura J. Lynn, Krista (Daryl) Haan, Michael T. (Emily) Lynn, Nicole and Francesca Lynn, and one great-grandson, Owen Thomas Haan, as well as numerous friends. A memorial mass will be held in the chapel at The Palms of Fort Meyers, Florida, on June 27, at 10:30 AM. Reverend Fr. John F. Deary, OSA, of St. Catherine Drexel parish will preside.
Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Jun. 26, 2008.