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James Brinkman

1939 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
James Brinkman Obituary
Jim Brinkman of Kenosha, Wisconsin passed away on March 7, 2015 at the Kenosha Hospice House in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Jim was born to parents Eugenia (Jean) Murray-Aaron and James Elmer Bowman on March 28, 1939 at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago, IL. After elementary school in Chicago, Jim attended Roosevelt Military Academy in Aledo, IL and upon graduating with the rank of Cadet Captain - the second highest rank in the academy - was recommended for acceptance to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy by, then Illinois Senator, Everett Dirksen. In 1961, Jim married Dorothy Dominick-Padgett at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Chicago. Dorothy brought four wonderful children into the marriage and had two more to complete their family; they are Patricia Jean Padgett-Ross of Villa Hills, KY, William Raleigh Padgett (Linda) of Geneva, IL, Gregory Allan Padgett (Marie) of Oak Park, IL, Leslie Joanne Padgett-Albrecht (Donald) of Covington, KY, James Joseph Brinkman (Sandy) of Kenosha, WI, and Joseph Martin Brinkman (Sue) of Palatine, IL. Jim is also survived by his brother, Michael Brinkman (Jan) of Washington, IL and ten beloved grandchildren - Shane, Laurel, Sally, Caitlin, Wendy, Samantha, Megan, Taylor, Annie, Glen - as well as six precious great grandchildren - Alexis, Olivia, Angelina, Landon, Ashton, and Coleman. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Jean and Joseph Brinkman, as well as his son William Padgett, a Viet Nam veteran, who passed away in 2013. His early career in computers included such companies as Avon, IBM, and Leo Burnett Advertising Company, as well as others, first as a programmer and later as a computer manager. Following that, he began his own computer service bureau before retiring and briefly owning his own real estate business. Jim was quite the computer pioneer but retired before the advent of the current PC era and, very interestingly, took pride in never needing or wanting to have his own PC and giving the explanation "If it's not big and gray, I don't need it!" in reference to those days when computers took up entire floors of office buildings, yet had much less memory and speed than today's most basic cell phones. There will be no public services as Jim had opted to donate his remains to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois for medical research. However, at his request, a celebration of Jim's life will be held in the near future. Jim fought a valiant battle against cancer and will be sorely missed by his family, whose grateful thanks go out to those hardworking, selfless, and unbelievably compassionate folks at Hospice Alliance, Inc. at the end, both at home and in the serene and beautiful Kenosha Hospice House. These wonderful people - the aides, the nurses, the social worker, the ambulance drivers, and the delivery people - to a person, were there to make the transition easier to bear not only for Jim, but for the entire family as well. In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Alliance, Inc., Kenosha Hospice House, or any other charity of your choosing. Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home & Cremation Services 3720 39th Avenue Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144 262-658-4101 Online Condolences at www.piasecki-althaus.com
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2015
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