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Jimmie Brewer passed on to Heaven on February 6, 2014, he was 83. A man of strong integrity and character, he touched and influenced countless lives during his life. He was united in marriage to his loving and faithful wife Ramona on March 9, 1954 and together they had six children who proudly carry on the legacy of the greatest, most generous, kind and loving father anyone could ever ask for!
Jimmie was born to Coal Miner Ollie Brack Brewer and his wife Mary in the foothills of Western Kentucky in the coal mining town of Hardburly on Sept. 12, 1930. Deeply loyal to his Country, he joined the Air Force at an early age and proudly served his country for 22 years, serving during the Korean War, before retiring and moving his family back to Springfield. Once again he displayed his dedication to his community and state and secured a job with the State of Missouri where he quickly rose in the ranks and retired after 25 years of faithful service as the Regional State Director for Missouri Sales Tax. Everyone who had the distinct pleasure to work for or with Jimmie had a deep respect for his dedication, hard work, fairness and his terrific sense of humor!
Jimmie was a diehard Kentucky Wildcats and Cincinnati Reds fan and would coach all of his sons in baseball. He was the life of any party, and could tell a joke at the drop of the hat. It was not unusual to see many kids and adults at his house on weekends enjoying homemade pizza and cutting up. His love for his beloved wife and children was everything to him, and is evidenced today in their strong character and unwavering love and respect for him and Ramona.
Jimmie is survived by his loving wife Ramona Brewer of 60 years from Springfield, son Jimmie Brewer and wife Susan of Forsyth, and sons Gary Brewer, Larry Brewer, and Benjamin Brewer from Springfield, daughters Susan Meyer and her Husband Dr. Tom Meyer from Springfield, daughter Alice Brewer and her partner, Darrel Smith from Springfield, and daughter-in-law, Kim Brewer. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and distant relatives who all adored him.
The last 13 years of his life were spent in the Missouri Veterans Home in Mount Vernon, and even after suffering a debilitating stroke that left him unable to speak and crippled he managed to charm all of the nurses, aides, and staff that took such good care of him. The family will forever be grateful for the love they showed Jimmie during those many years.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday February 10, 2014 in Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 E. Walnut St. Burial will follow in Missouri Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the service at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
Permanent online condolences, stories and photos may be shared at www.hhlohmeyer.com.
Published in the News-Leader on Feb. 9, 2014