James (Jim) Charles Lineback, Jr., 59, of Butte passed away Sunday, April 12, 2020 at the home of his children and former wife after a long illness.
Jim was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1960 to Josephine (nee La Nasa) and James Charles Lineback. At a young age, Jim and his family moved to Thousand Oaks, California. Jim lived in the San Francisco Bay Area as well for years, before moving to Montana in 2000. Jim shared two daughters, Athena and Aurora Lineback with his former spouse, Kristin.
Jim is survived by his daughters Athena and Aurora Lineback, and his former wife Kristin and her husband Scott Butler of Butte. Jim is also survived by his mother, Josephine Renner of Thousand Oaks, CA., sister Joy (Bob) Duggar of Simi Valley, CA, and their children Katie and Kevin, step-mother Sally Lineback and brother Jeffrey Lineback of Oregon. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Jim Lineback. Jim is also survived by his beloved dog, Cash.
Jim was an avid fan of the outdoors, and loved hiking, camping, riding bicycles and motorcycles. In 2009, he achieved a life-time goal of obtaining his private pilot’s license. Jim was self-employed for several decades as a locksmith.
The family would like to thank the staff at Copper Ridge Health & Rehab, especially April, with whom Jim and the family formed a special bond. The family would also like to thank Frontier Home Health and Hospice for caring for Jim in his last days.
Cremation has taken place with Axelson Funeral Home. A private family memorial will take place at a later date.
Donations may be made to a local animal shelter or German Shorthaired Rescue organization of your choice.
Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for James and his family.
Read the thoughts and memories, then feel free to add your own.
Glenn Anani says
I am so grateful that Jimmy was my best friend. We had great adventures growing up in Thousand Oaks. Running with our dogs Conrad and Patti through the hills in Sunset Hills where we were raised. There are so many memories to list since we first met back in 1969. Love you my brother. Glenn
Cheryl Patille says
I am so sorry for your loss, I didn’t know him but Brian and Lisa shared your loss on Facebook so we could be praying for you. I will continue to pray for the family in this sad time of your life.
Lisa Goularte says
Rambo, you were a true warrior and I am so sorry you could not win this last battle. You are a tough man one of the toughest I have ever known. I hope your girls know how much you loved them. You would light up when you talked about them, it was pure magic. I hope the good memories of you keep strong in their hearts. So many memories, Halloween where you became Rambo, rafting, St. James Infirmary. So many smiles and laughs come to my mind. I love you and will see you again over the rainbow bridge. Peace be with you and your family. ❤️
Brian Waddell says
I wont ever forget that perfect laugh. I’ve seen you at your best and worst. You lived the kinda life most men only dream of. The day you and Kristen said bye to the S.F. bay area for a cleaner way of living in beautiful Montana was a perfect way to explain how you live life to the fullest. You started your new life and started your wonderful family. Things dont always work out the way we’d like but your love for you two girls and kristen always remained strong. I’m so happy we were able to spend a little time with you last year. Your daughters are beautiful and carry so many traits of their father. I’m gonna miss you my friend, but always know I will think of you often. Until we meet again, I love you RAMBO.
Priscilla Westesen says
Kristen, Athena, and Aurora – Sorry to read of the loss of Jim. Sad times. Many good memories with Carol and the granddaughters. I hope you are doing well. Fun to see
pic of Jim with the girls. How they’ve grown. Best wishes and love to the three of you.
Kristin Butler says
Jim was truly inspiring until his last breath. I feel fortunate and honored to have been with Jim as he took his last breath. He endured so much in the last 14 months of his life. He never complained. He was upbeat and positive, and had the most amazing outlook. He never lost his ability to smile and laugh and share a funny story. He held on and fought a valiant fight for Athena and Aurora. His beloved daughters. They were his life. Jim and I had known each other for nearly 27 years. We had been through good and bad, and sickness and health. Both during our marriage and even after it ended. Jim touched so many lives in so many ways. To those of you who were privileged enough to know Jim, take that ride, be it on a motorcycle, bicycle, kayak, wakeboard…. climb that mountain, go 4-wheeling or mud bogging in the mountains. Honor his memory doing what you love. He’s there with you. RIP Jim.. you are missed…Kristin…
Richard a Raucina says
Jim, I only knew you briefly as I read my diary from 1977 in Thousand Oaks where I dated your sister Joy. Here I got to know your wonderful and soulful father and mother. Your father impressed me and set some course in my life. You and I were negotiating trading my 68 AMC Rogue for your 57 Chevy, Stupid me I didn’t make the trade. somehow I feel close to you, maybe we were meant to be family but I left Joy for some foolish mistakes with other woman. Life is better now here in the mountains at Yosemite, as you sought the mountains and forest also. Wish you had more years on earth bud!
Richard A Raucina says
Joy, should you read this, I think of you often and those infantile days in Thousand Oaks. What a great family you had. Sorry for my young stupidity with you. I should have valued those time more then as I do now.