Dodgeville - James R. Pope, age 81, of Dodgeville, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville.

He was born on June 1, 1932 in Montfort, Wisconsin, the son of Dr. Russle C. and Ruth (Sanderson) Pope. He graduated from Montfort High School in 1950 and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in economics in 1954 and Bachelor of Law Degree in 1959.

In 1960, he married Joan Wettstein of Baraboo, Wisconsin and they made their home in Dodgeville. Jim enjoyed duck hunting for many years with his friends. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor and kind heartedness. Jim enjoyed playing cards with “the guys” and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He will be greatly missed.

Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan; his daughter, Sharon (Dr. Barry) Fields, of Birmingham, Alabama; his son, David Pope, of Dodgeville; his grandchildren, Zachary and Rachel Pope and Alex and Carter Fields.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville.

Gorgen-McGinley & Ayers Funeral Home
400 E. Grace Street
Dodgeville
www.gorgenfh.com