Inavale, Nebraska, resident James L. “Jim” Brown passed away from cancer Tuesday, January 28, 2020, age 65, at Mary Lanning Healthcare.
Jim was born April 2, 1954, the fifth child to Mary Louise (Fitz) and Percy LeRoy Brown in Boulder, Colorado. His family moved to Nebraska when he was three years old. Jim attended Rural School District 51 in Webster County and completed his formal education attending Hastings public schools. After high school he worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad laying track for a few years then started his own construction business. For the past 42 years he has worked in Red Cloud, Nebraska. He earned his Journeyman Electrician license while working for Chief Electric and made friends all around the area as he helped residents with their electrical and other problems. He did little things like changing a light bulb and bigger things like wiring a building and digging graves. He came as a stranger and left each home as a friend, someone you would call back, again.
Jim loved anything that had wheels from a young age. He built his own go-cart then moved on to bigger wheels — bikes, motorcycles, jeeps, cars, trucks and a tractor, and always with friends. He even learned to ride a unicycle. His friends from school and beyond remained his friends throughout his life. He enjoyed hunting, camping and canoeing. When he wasn’t with friends he was with family. He was an uncle who took time for each niece and nephew as he made each feel important. He made all around him feel important. He looked forward to family vacations with his siblings. Vacations included Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Missouri, Canada and Alaska.
Jim was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His personality was pervaded by his soft-spoken nature and his innate desire to help and serve others. He was always fun to be around.
Left to cherish his memory are his brother, Henry Brown of Hastings; sisters, Louise Crookston and husband Paul of Pinedale, Arizona, Gayle Thompson and husband Doug of Oconto, Wisconsin, and Ruth Stephens and husband Scott of Green Bay, Wisconsin; also, two aunts, Betty Munsell and husband Reed of Hastings and Sharon Brown of Smith Center, Kansas. Seventeen nieces and nephews and more than 50 great-nieces and nephews, relatives and his many friends will miss him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Sandra Crookston.
Memorial services were held at the Williams Funeral Home Monday, February 3. Internment followed at the Red Cloud Cemetery where he joined five generations of ancestors.
The family expresses thanks to the nurses and doctors at Saint Francis Cancer Center, Mary Lanning Healthcare, the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Home Health Care and Hospice for their professional care and kindness. Also the family is grateful to many friends and relatives who have been supportive.