Born March 23 1947 in Hardford City IN, died October 29, 2013 Member of the Nottawa community for 43 years and owner of Nottawa Gas Company.
Jim had an internal ticker that counted the number of smiles he could create in a day. No prank was over the line and he was no one’s fool. He was generous with conversation and spoke with anyone who would listen, always with a cup of coffee in hand. He loved his community of Nottawa and made a difference in lives of many people, often offering help without question. He enjoyed telling tall tales, grilling, fireworks, traveling to exotic locations, listening to audio-books, gardening, bird-watching, fiddling with new gadgets, roller coasters, spoiling his grandchildren and of course his loyal Newfoundland dogs.
He grew up in Warren, IN and graduated Salamonie High School in 1965. He served Indiana Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972 and was stationed in Biloxi, MS for a time. He moved to Nottawa, MI in 1971 and raised 3 children with his wife Sheron (Tappy). He was a continuous member of the Nottawa School board for over 30 years and owned Nottawa Gas Company. Later divorcing, he reconnected with childhood friend Ann (Peel) and they were married in 1994. Together they traveled the world and enjoyed their short time together before her passing in 2008.
Preceded in death by his parents George and Mary (Lightner) Brandon and his wife Ann Brandon. Survived by his brothers George Edward (and wife Carol) Brandon of Grayslake, IL; Paul (and wife Janet) Brandon of Monticello, IL; daughter, Angela Brandon of Nottawa MI, son Timothy and his wife Michelle (Franklin) Brandon, of Longmont CO; son Adam and his wife Kathleen (McCluskey) Brandon, of Sturgis MI; daughter Kristin (Peel) McCarver of Portage MI; daughter Megan (Peel) Eichorn and her husband, Darrin Eichorn, of Goshen IN; daughter Kendra (Peel)Collat and her husband, Chris Collat, of Herndon VA; He leaves 11 adoring grandchildren, 3 nieces, 2 nephews, and Teddy the Newfie.
In lieu of flowers please donate to one of the following:The Student Conservation Association , or The Nottawa Community School Technology Fund.
Thank you to everyone for your well wishes, stories and memories.
Dad would want you to.
-Adam, Angie, Kristin, Tim & the drivers & staff.