James “Jim” Grant passed away on June 27, 2020. He was born February 2, 1934, to Helen and Ray Grant. He was the third of four children. He was three when his father was killed in an accident and his mother went to work at Gamers and the Chequamegon. She eventually leased the ACM Club. Jim helped but by cleaning at Boyington and the Montana Standard. When in high school, he lied about his age and worked in the mines. His experiences kept him from working there any longer. Their grandparents helped raise them. He graduated from Butte Central in 1952 and attended the U of M and Gonzaga.
He met Jane Seidensticker on a blind date on the steps of St. Patrick’s Church and they were married in the little church of Notre Dame in Twin Bridges.
He was in the 7th Army in Stuttgart, Germany, where Jane joined him. Mike Mansfield interceded and Jim got an early release to work on the Seidensticker Ranch.
Jim was a man of many talents. He and his brother-in-law, Bill, with the help of a lot of the family and friends, put a second story on the house, complete with a spiral staircase. This venture had varying levels of expertise and was eventually called “close enuf construction.”
They have four girls, the oldest was born in Germany. The G.I. Bill and Western College provided him with a degree in education, which he first used teaching in Chinook, MT. He then taught at Butte High and moon-lighted at the Ranch Bar and the Goodwill Bar. He then resigned and bought the Cheery Lounge with Joe Malkovich. Penny’s fire destroyed that, so they purchased the Corner Bar from Skimmet and Damie. During the next years, he also served on the school board. Jim sold the Corner three years ago, saying he was the oldest living bartender in Butte.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jim and “Nan” Grant; his parents; his sister, Marie Hackman; his brother, Gerald Grant; his brother-in-law, Bill Hackman; his brother-in-law Don Ogrin; and stepfather, Tom Ryan.
He is survived by Jane, his wife of 63 years; and his sister Raelene Ogrin. He is also survived by his daughter, Sheila Grant – Julie and Jeff Werder, Marcia and Patrick Riordan, and Janie and Dan Quilice. Grandchildren are Jim, Patrick and Megan O’Brian, Brandon, Veronica, Molly, Nate and Mattie Werder, Sam Quincy and Joseph Riordan and Allison Johnny and Zoe Quilici. There are also seven great-grandchildren and numerous Ogrin and Hackman nephews and cousins.
A private Funeral Mass for family will be held Tuesday, July 7th, at 11 A.M. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Precautions against Covid-19 will be followed. Please all wear a mask. Jim requested cremation and his cremated remains will be scattered at a later date. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held when the virus is gone.
Any memorials are suggested to Shriners Hospital, 314 West Park in Butte, ATTN Deanne; or to Little League Baseball c/o Jack Leprouse, P.O. Box 3592, Butte; or to O.L.R Tram Fund with our kind thanks. Please visit below to offer a condolence or share a memory of Jim.
Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Jim and his family.