A funeral service for Jim Brendel will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Vineyard Christian Fellowship with Chaplain Gordon Harper officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Gillette, Wyo.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Walker Funeral Home, Gillette, Wyo.
James “Jim” C. Brendel, age 63, passed away Nov. 29, 2012, at his home in Gillette, Wyo., after a long, hard battle with cancer.
James Brendel was born Jan. 27, 1949, in Billings, Mont., the son of James W. and Anna Mae (Archer) Brendel. Jim grew up in Roundup, Billings and Livingston, Mont., and Gillette, Wyo. He graduated from high school in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jim married Mary Jane Niswender on July 18, 1968.
Jim worked for Deckers, Farmers Co-op, Cenex, Home Depot and retired from Air-Gas.
He was a volunteer with the Campbell County Fire Department for 30 years until his retirement in March of 2011. Jim was one of only two recipients to receive the “Medal of Courage” in the history of the Campbell County Fire Department.
Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, going fishing, and helping coach soccer. He also enjoyed going to the races.
Jim is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, of Gillette, Wyo.; daughters Christina Eslinger of Gillette, Wyo., Justina (Phillip) Brinkerhoff of Gillette, Wyo., and Melissa (Steve) Hedlund of Gillette, Wyo.; two grandchildren, Aunamae and Skyler; five sisters, Mary Bennon, Rosie Leaver, Lydia Clouse, Terrie Hoyt and Ida Mutchie; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in Jim’s name in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY. 82716.
Condolences also may be sent via www.walkerfuneralgillette.com.