Jim "JJ" Back
Ryan Funeral Home - North Side Chapel - Madison
2418 N. Sherman Ave.
Madison, WI

Back, Jim "JJ"

MADISON - Jim "JJ" Back, age 74, passed away peacefully at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, after a battle with lymphatic cancer. Jim was born April 18, 1947, in Madison, Wis. 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 U.S. 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.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alphons and Marie Back; siblings, Francis and Rita Back; brother-in-law, Clifford Skaife; Doug Smith; and nephew, Johnathan Lind.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, with Monsignor 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 HospiceCare.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit www.ryanfuneralservice.com.

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2418 N. Sherman Ave.

(608) 249-8257

Published by Madison.com on Oct. 13, 2021.
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Jim was an amazing man. Kind, generous, and loving to all. Jim was best friends with Randy, and He and Teresa talked for hours about farming and gardening. We always loved "our buddy". To Patti. we send our condolences an love. Dear Sister call us anytime, and we mean it. Love and peace Teresa & Randy
Teresa & Randy Stanford
October 16, 2021
Prayers and sympathy for JJ's wife and family. I would see JJ at Woodman's occasionally after he retired. I remember he OIC'ed at Lowell, WI after I left there.
Steve Werlein
October 15, 2021
Deloris Casperson and Kyle
October 14, 2021
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