James Edward Brennan
Born: January 22, 1943 in Sioux City, IA
Died: September 26, 2021 in Freeport, IL
James Edward Brennan, 78, of Freeport, died September 26, 2021, at home surrounded by family. He was born January 22, 1943, in Sioux City, Iowa to Robert Kirby and Theresa Adelia (Nooney) Brennan.
Educated in Catholic Schools, he graduated from Aquin High School in 1961. His first love was football and he excelled as a full back, leading the Aquin Bulldogs to a perfect season in 1960 and won the conference Crown. He went on to be awarded All Conference, All State, and All American. He was being signed into Notre Dame when on a wintry, March 1961 morning his life would change on an Icy bridge near Pearl City, IL. He would endure 8 years of surgeries then joined his dad to work at Brennan Cattle Company. Jim would spend his entire career in the cattle/ranching business until his retirement in 2006 when he sold the business.
Jim was a proud member of Knights of Columbus Council 12841 Shannon as a 4th Degree Knight and served as Grand Knight from 2013-2014. He was an active member of St. Wendelin Church Shannon, IL since the early 1970's. He served on the St. Wendelin building committee and was a member of the finance counsel. Jim was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Jim is survived by: his wife Connie (Heimann) Larson who he met and later married in 1987 in Shannon, IL. In December 2021 Jim and Connie would have celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary. He is survived and blessed by his children: Natalie (Michael) Hoffmann of East Dubuque, IL; Stacey May of Dubuque, IA; Rae (Andrew) Bardell of Shannon, IL; Matthew (Layla) Brennan of Rockford, and Connie's sons Chad (Christie) Larson and Chris (Shelley) Larson both from the Springfield, IL area. He is also survived by his brother Tim (Hilary) Brennan of Aurora, IL. and his grandchildren: Nicholas (Kaylyn) Hoffmann of Dubuque, IA; Matthew Hoffmann of Chicago, IL; William Hoffmann of E. Dubuque, IL; Zachary and Zoey May of Dubuque, IA; Erin & Paige Bardell of Shannon, IL; Oliver Brennan of Rockford, IL, and Samantha and Joshua Larson and Alexander (Stephanie) Larson all from Springfield, IL area. Survived by one great grandchild Sophia Larson.
He was preceded in death by parents Bob & Theresa Brennan and his daughter Jill Brennan.
Funeral Service will be held at 10:30am at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, 10 South Linn Street, Shannon, IL on October 2, 2021. Friends may call from 4-7pm at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home October 1, 2021, on the corner of Walnut & Galena Street, Freeport. Rosary will be recited at 7pm. Reverend Michael Bolger will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery Stephenson Street, Freeport.
Memorial has been established for Jim Brennan at Aquin Catholic High School and St. Wendelin Catholic Church Building Fund.
The family would like to thank some special people that were a huge support to Jim in his final months: Gina Mitchell for exceptional care and for Christie Larson for your love and support and such great care.
Published by Prairie Advocate from Sep. 27 to Oct. 6, 2021.