76, of Kingston, died Friday, September 2, 2022 in Heritage Hill Assisted Living, Caro with his family by his side. He was born March 13, 1946 in Caro to Michael and Katherine (Bernal) Brandibur. He married Sharon K. Brief on July 26, 1969 in Kingston.
Jim graduated from Kingston High School and was drafted into the United States Army with the COA 5th Engineer Battalion during Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. He retired after twenty-six years of working line clearance from DTE. Always willing to help others, Jim was an active fireman with Kingston Fire and Rescue for thirty-eight years. He served as a member of the Kingston Village Council, the Kingston Cemetery Association board, the Kingston Lions Club, and volunteered at Marlette Regional Hospital Extended Care. He was also a life member of the Cass City VFW Post # 3644. Jim enjoyed deer hunting and gardening. Together, he and Sharon enjoyed time spent camping, being outside, and watching birds. He loved every opportunity he had to watch his great-great nephews play hockey.
Jim is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Sharon of Kingston; sisters-in-law: Jean Brandibur, Sandra Brandibur, Doris Ann Brief, Beverly Brief; nephews: Mike (Donna) Brandibur, Mark (Michelle) Brandibur, Ron (Mary) Brief, Roger Brief, James (Caroline) Brief, Jerald (Betty) Brief; nieces: Michelle Kurish, Karen (Rick) Sbresny, Sharon (Don) McPhail, Faith Aitken; special great nieces and great nephews: Elizabeth (Brandt) LaPouttre, Jonathan (Chelsey) Brief, Kristina (Ryan Boyd) Brief; special great-great nieces and great-great nephews: Connar Brief, Brandt W. LaPouttre, his “namesake” James LaPouttre, Alayna Boyd, Lola Boyd, Rayna LaPouttre; many other great and great-great nieces and nephews, relatives, and special friends. He is preceded in death by his brothers: Mark Brandibur, Jerry Brandibur; brothers-in-law: James Brief, Ronald Brief.
Funeral service held 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 9, 2022 in Kingston United Methodist Church with Pastor Robert Demyanovich officiating. Interment in Kingston Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Cass City VFW Post #3644 and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Sharon Brandibur to be used for various organizations. Family and friends may share memories, prayers, and photos at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.
Visitation: 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 8, 2022 in Kranz Funeral Home, Kingston
10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 9, 2022 in Kingston United Methodist Church
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