James (Jim) Broch
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65, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. He was born in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 18, 1948, to the late William and Margaret Broch. Jim grew up in Chicago and graduated from Lane Tech. H.S. ('65). He went on to graduate with honors from the University of Illinois ('70) with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He received the rank of corporal in the Reserve of the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged ('77). His engineering career started at Firestone ('71). From there, he went on to work and eventually own Alkar Inc. Finally, he founded BRJ Engineering where he finished his 43 year career in the tire and rubber industry with long time industry confidants Beverly and Barry. Jim was a loving person to all who knew him and generous with all that he had. He will be greatly missed by friends and family alike.
Jim is survived by two siblings, John Broch and Diane Stevens; two children, Todd and Kevin Broch and their mother, Pamela; and three grandchildren; loving companion, Tracy; close friends, Larry and Mary and countless friends near and far from industry.
A private funeral has been held and Jim's remains cremated at his request. A memorial service will be open for friends and family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation to organizations that support veterans or educational advancement would honor his memory.
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Published in The Repository on Jan. 19, 2014