Jim "Santa" E. Hutton
July 23, 1953 - May 12, 2021
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Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Age 67. He is now reunited with his wife, Susan Lynn (nee Swientek). Father of Harley (Evelyn). Grandfather of Matteo. Brother of Judith (Richard) Minor.  Also loved by many other relatives and friends.   Jim was an avid Harley rider and a passionate Santa Claus every Holiday…

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Christine Dennis left a message on May 31, 2021:
I will truly miss you Jim "Santa" Hutton, my friend. You will always be in my thoughts, memories and heart. You are now with your beloved Susie forever and that is a reason to celebrate and be happy. I know you want no tears; so, I will do my best to smile. Thank you for all those special times you have shared with Tom and me. We will never forget those Brewers Games and the awesome Stir Fries you made in your Weber Grill Wok at the tailgate gatherings. Who can forget the countless number of people that came over to take pictures and the samples you handed out to them just for coming over to see and say "hi." Thank you for organizing those large group fish fries and lunches with family and friends. We would have never met all those wonderful people and developed friendships if it wasn't for you. "Breaking Bread," socializing, sharing stories and laughing meant the world to you. We all understood the importance of keeping people in touch with each other and no one wanted to disappoint you by not coming due to other engagements. You were patient and kind to your friends and did not judge their mistakes. We will never forget the many expressions of "thank you" we heard you say after every phone call, visit, and gathering. I have so many reminders of you in our home. Thank you for the hand made wooden wall shelf, candle holder, bird house, squirrel feeder and goodness knows what else! All of them were the special gifts we received at Christmas from "Santa" Jim. And speaking of Santa.......that authentic white hair and beard and the "no fake stuffing" in that Santa Suit. All the kindness you showed all those children standing in line, those sick in hospitals and special home visits were too numerous to mention. The smiles on all of our faces were so memorable when kids would come over to you at a dinner or lunch asking to see and talk to you. Their mothers would do everything they could not to have their child bother you, until... a child started crying. There was no fooling those kids. Even though you were in your iconic Bibs because the Santa Suit was at the cleaners or it wasn't Christmas, they would not be told otherwise. They knew you were Santa and you gave them all your time, smiles and kind words. I know family time was cut short at Christmas due to all your Santa duties which included charitable events, community gatherings, company holiday parties, M&I Bank (now BMO) annual employee day and many others. Your family wouldn’t have had it any other way. They even helped with Santa duties. Let us never forget your love of motorcycles, road trips and the loyalty to the Harley Davidson Brand. Best Christmas card ever was Santa sitting on a Harley. It just doesn't get any better than that. I mean your son, our Godson, is Harley Hutton for goodness sake. Do we need to say anything more about this????? What a fantastic young man, our Godson, turned out to be. How happy we were that you got to meet your grandson, Matteo James, before you passed. Lastly, thank you Buddy for that wonderful Brewers Spring Training Arizona Vacation with you, Susie (my best friend) and Harley years ago. We had such a great time and made so many memories including you insisting I try a pineapple and ham pizza (which I said I never would). It was pretty good I might add. Your love of the Brewers helped form your son's love of the game and other sports as well. The times we shared together were very special. We were all together when Susie passed as well. As hard and deeply heartbreaking as that was, I was honored and grateful that we shared this together. We love you and will miss you my friend. You will always be in our thoughts, memories and hearts. You were a mountain of a man with a big heart. No Jim, “Thank YOU!" Give Susie a hug for me!!!! Chris Dennis
Kerry Lee Schrank left a message on May 20, 2021:
I was part of the Huge Enterprise weightlifting club in the 1980s. I first met Jim at the YMCA in Milwaukee and we became friends over the years competing in contests as well as drinking beer and eating pizza after the meet! Good memories! I’m sorry to learn of Jim’s passing and may he rest in peace. Kerry
Nancy Jackelen left a message on May 18, 2021:
My condolences to Jim’s loved ones! He was always such a wonderful neighbor ! He will be missed. He was blessed with such a caring friend like Yvonne and dedicated loving sister and brother in law who helped care for his home! May He Rest In Peace !
Jim Todd left a message on May 17, 2021:
I knew Jim in my weightlifting days back in the 1980’s. Always a gentle and kind soul. My condolences to all family and friends. My he rest in the peace of his Savior.
daniel storm left a message on May 14, 2021:
This is the man who loved children, Harley cycles, the wind in his face and his beloved Suzie who he now rides with in Heaven. Rest in Peace brother. There are plenty of us who will miss you booming voice and infectious smile.
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Dick and Judy minor left a message on May 14, 2021:
to Those of you who new him there was not too many dull moments. Always supportive, and even sometimes funny. We will surely miss him, but we are happy knowing that he, Susan, and bobo are finally together in a land of no pain or sorrow. Be comforted in that thought.
Jim Formolo left a message on May 13, 2021:
Jimbo, you have been a great lifetime friend to me and many others. I would have lost contact with many close lifting and riding brothers if it wasn't for you arranging meals, rides and camaraderie. You were a one of a kind great guy to everybody you met. I will miss riding and hanging out with you at bike events this summer. RIP brother Jim...
Tom Matic left a message on May 13, 2021:
Jimmy, Thanks for the friendship we shared for over 40 years. You were the glue that kept the “Y” lifting group together with all the Fish Frys and outings you planned. Keep lifting and riding up in God’s Country. We will miss you brother.
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