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James Allen Trautline, 54

James Allen Trautline, 54, of Austin, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at his home.

James Trautline

James was born on Aug. 19, 1957, in Eau Claire, Wis., to Dan and Barbara (Pippenger) Skattebo. He moved to Minneapolis at 6 years old and grew up there. He moved back to Eau Claire in 2000 and stayed there until moving to Austin in 2011 to be closer to his kids and grandchildren.

James worked at Cedar Towing in Minneapolis for many years — job he very well liked and enjoyed.

James enjoyed fishing, listening to music, watching football and spending time with his many friends and family. He touched so many lives in so many ways. He tended to accumulate extra kids and grandkids along the way everywhere he went. “Pops” was a man that could always make you laugh and smile with a humor like no other.

Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer (Chad) Johnson of Coon Rapids; son, Noah (Danyel) Skattebo of Austin; son, Reed Skattebo of Coon Rapids; father, Dan Skattebo of Minneapolis; sister, Michelle (Jerry) Starr of Minneapolis; former wife, Michelle Bray of Coon Rapids; niece, Dayna (Patrick) Baxter of Minneapolis; nephew, Cory Starr of St. Paul; nephew, Zackary Starr of Minneapolis; niece, Ashley Starr of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Emma Hirsch and Jackson Johnson of Coon Rapids; grandchildren, Evan Dunlop, Treshawn Delaney, Justen Skattebo, Adam Anderson, and Gavyn Skattebo of Austin; great-nephew, Patrick Baxter of Minneapolis; and many, many friends throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Barbara; brother, Ricky; grandson, Ashton; and his very dear to him dog, Kiya.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Mayer Funeral Home.