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James Thomas “Jimmy” Carr passed away peacefully with his family by his side on January 10, 2014 at Holy Rosary Extended Care.
Jimmy was born on March 4, 1930 in Deer Lodge, MT and was the youngest of four children born to George and Gretchen Carr. His father George worked as a storekeeper for the Milwaukee railroad and they lived in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and eventually settled in Miles City.
Music was an important part of the Carr family and Jimmy started singing at a young age when his parents, aunts, uncles and extended family gathered around the piano. In Miles City he sang with the Sacred Heart Church choir and the Miles Community Choir. Whether a church hymn or a lively honky-tonk song, he loved to sit down at the piano and entertain everyone.
Even though Jimmy spent a majority of his life in Miles City, he also lived with his sister Mary Pusich in Douglas, Alaska. He treasured his Alaska family and spoke frequently about all the good times he had with her and his nieces and nephews. One of his favorite past-times was playing softball with his nephews Pat and Mike, running out every hit as hard and as fast as he could.
While in Alaska he worked at the family-owned bar and restaurant, “Mike’s Place” where he did everything from making salads to entertaining guests with his wonderful piano skills. At St. Peter’s Catholic Church, he was a frequent reader, pianist, and server. He was also an active member of the Lions Club of Douglas, Alaska. Jimmy was very social and he loved to be surrounded by people. He would often ride his bike or walk around Miles City and you could always count on him for a friendly wave and a warm smile as he would pass you on the street.
He was also a great supporter of all athletic programs in Miles City. He rarely missed a ball game and after each game, he was known to congratulate as many players as he could, regardless if they won or not. One of his greatest joys was being a member of the 600 Bar men’s softball team. He was so proud of being a part of that team where he was accepted as “one of the boys” and rarely missed a practice or a home game.
Jimmy was very involved in Special Olympics in Alaska and Montana, particularly in cross-country skiing and field events. He was proud of his many medals and treasured the collection of autographed pictures he had of gold medal Olympic skiers. These provided lasting memories and always brought a smile to his face.
He worked for many years at Eastern Montana Industries and did volunteer work at multiple places in Miles City. In 1991, he received a formal commendation from President Bush in recognition for his 8,700 volunteer service hours at the Miles City Veterans Administration hospital.
Jimmy’s family is sincerely grateful for the kindness that Miles City and the surrounding areas extended to him throughout his life. Whether you welcomed him into your home, said “hello” to him on the street or shook his hand at a sporting event, you helped foster a sense of community for him in Eastern Montana which greatly enriched his life.
Jimmy is survived by his sister Mary Pusich and her children, Richard Pusich, Butch Pusich, Anna Margaret Rear, Mary Kay Pusich, Sharon Gill, Mike Pusich, Pat Pusich, and Lisa Pusich. Also surviving are his nieces and nephews, Mary Margaret Friend, Cathy Tooke, Michael Carr, Jim Carr, Jackie Carr, Sherry Kirk, and Joe Carr as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews who were an active part of Jimmy’s life.
He was preceded in death by parents, George and Gretchen Carr, brother George Carr and his wife Eleanor Carr of Bellevue, WA, brother John R. Carr and his wife Margaret Carr of Miles City, his brother-in-law Rudy Pusich of Douglas, AK, his niece Patty Jo (Carr) Minch of Laurel, MT, nephew Richard Carr of Bellevue, WA and great-nephew John David Friend of Miles City.
A vigil service will be held Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church with burial following at Calvary Cemetery.
A remembrance mass will also be held on January 17, 2014 in Juneau, Alaska at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.