Justin David Brilmyer

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JUSTIN DAVID BRILMYER GRIFFITH, IN Justin David Brilmyer, age 32, left this life suddenly on Monday, July 29, 2013.  He was born on March 27, 1981 to Chuck Brilmyer and Janice (Bowen) Uram in Munster, Indiana.  He lived his early years in the Hessville area of Hammond, where his parents also grew up, and then was a long time resident of Griffith. Justin did a lot of living in his short time here.  In his younger years, he was a very busy and active typical boy.  He tried his hand at just about everything.  He loved sports and participated in everything from Pop Warner Football to Little League to Youth Basketball.  At one point, he took ice skating lessons and was sure he was on his way to the NHL.  He was first a Detroit Red Wings fan but later realized the Blackhawks were the only team in town. Justin was deeply fond of all genres of music and was usually not without his "tunes", all the way back to his first Sony Walkman.  He attended many concerts by his favorite bands and was an Ozzfest regular.  His love of music gave him a passion for guitar and he spent many hours strumming his favorite Fender Strat.  He was known to play random tunes on the piano and loved to play original drum solos on the family drum kit.  He had a hidden musical talent. Music was a passion in his life. Justin spent many summers vacationing with family in Ontario, Canada where his step-dad, Jim and his Uram uncles taught him the love of fishing.  The highlight of these trips was a surprise guys-only fly-out to a remote island for a weekend of roughing it in the bush and fishing day and night.  It was a trip he never forgot. He never missed a family gathering, of which there were many on both sides of his family.  From the holidays to the backyard pool parties to his favorite Superbowl parties at his Mom's house. Justin had a strong work ethic as a young man and was sort of a Jack-of-all trades.  As an adult he was mostly employed as an auto detailer and was proud of the mean shine he could put on a vehicle. He was a 1999 graduate of Griffith High School. Justin has a very loving extended family of uncles and aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins in those of his Dad and Natalie, and his Mom and Jim.  He touched each and every one of them in his very own special way.  His warm spirit and infectious smile will live on in all of their hearts forever.  His Soul is now resting in the peace he was searching for throughout his life. Justin is survived by his father and mother, Chuck and Natalie (nee Postell) Brilmyer, and his mother and father, Janice (nee Bowen) (Jim) Uram; his beloved children who were the light of his life, Dylan and Kylie Bear; his brother, Brian Brilmyer; and sister, Amanda Uram.  His partner of thirteen years and the mother of his children, Sharon Matteson; grandfather, Frank Brilmyer; and grandmother, Janet Bowen; step-sisters: Nicole (Rudy) Djordjevich and Alicia Nava; aunts and uncles: Karen, Chris (Jennifer) and Jim Brilmyer, and Dan Bowen; his cousin and Bro, David Brilmyer, who stood by him most of his life; nephews and nieces who felt more like his siblings as they all grew up together: Jamie, Nadia, Rudy and Brianne Djordjevich, Anthony Herrera, and Gabe and Mia Nava. He is now safe in the arms of his grandmother, Diane Brilmyer; his uncles: Brian and David Brilmyer; and his grandfather, Ken Bowen. Justin's family gathered for a private farewell with cremation following on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel. "We cannot control the movement of time nor can we control our own destiny or the destinies of those we love.  But we can take comfort in knowing that those who have lived in our hearts are never really gone.  For as long as we keep them with us, in our hearts and thoughts, they will be with us always. For love which is timeless, never ceases to exist."


Published in The Times on Aug. 4, 2013