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James J. Brunner, Jr.

James J. Brunner, Jr.

James J. Brunner Jr. “Jimmy” age 72 of Arkansaw, died Saturday August 3, 2019 at Care Partners Assisted Living in Eau Claire due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Jim was born August 18, 1946 in Durand.  He was the son of James and Evelyn (Spindler) Brunner and grew up on their farm in the Arkansaw community.  Jim graduated from Arkansaw High School in 1964.  Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam War.  After the service, Jim returned to Arkansaw and farmed with his dad and brother.  Jim married Barb Fedie July 28, 1973 in Eau Galle.  After marriage they continued farming in the Township of Waterville, rural Arkansaw where they raised their three daughters.  Jim served on numerous boards and committees in the Dairy Industry.  Jim unwillingly had to give up farming in 1986 due to his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease.  For the past four years, Jim and Barb have resided in Eau Claire.

Jim loved doing woodworking, being with the cows, writing poetry, gardening, baking bread and pies, playing cards, especially pfeiffer and spending time with his family and friends.

Jim is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barb, three daughters, Colleen (Jimmy) Davis of New Richmond, Mary Jo Brunner of New Richmond, Sara Brunner of Eau Claire; two grandchildren, Landon and Lauren Davis; siblings, Carol Pittman of Menomonie; Anita (Mike) Arndt of Marshfield; Wayne (Janet) of Arkansaw; Suzanne McNaughton of Omaha, NE; Teresa (Tim) Smith of Dixon, IL; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by twin infant daughters, Margaret and Mary Ann; his parents and a brother-in-law, Steve McNaughton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim’s memory may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD   21741-5014

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday August 8, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arkansaw with Rev. Joseph Okine-Quartey officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 181 of Durand.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Wednesday and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.


  1. Jim Hayden

    Our prayers have been sent for Jim and the family. God bless all.

  2. Patrick Laschinger

    Hello Pat Laschinger here. So sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences go out to your family. He was a good guy and a great neighbor for all of us in the area. Again my sympathies


    Patrick Laschinger

  3. Erik & Rebecca Reuter

    Our sympathy goes out to Barb, your daughters and the entire Brunner family. Jim always had a sense of humor and enjoyed talking to him at St. Joseph's church. God Bless him and to all.

  4. Randy Hayden

    Just found out sorry for your loss we are thinking of you and your family

  5. Jodie Showalter

    Barb, may you find peace in knowing Jim is with those that have gone before us and you will see him again someday.

  6. Marie (Duesterbeck) Stadler

    Barb, I occasionally review the LT paper and was so sad to see your husband's obituary. Hope you have good support in the days ahead. Marie

  7. Diane (Kezar) n Steve Schulz

    We pray you have wonderful memories and pictures to look at that make you smile. Remember all the fun, funny and sweet moments you had with Jim; we hope this gets you through this tough time. Our Creator’s blessings to you!!!
    Diane (Kezar) n Steve Schulz

  8. joy dock

    Barb and family...sorry for your loss

  9. Carol and Rick Richardson

    Sympathy to all.

  10. Dennis & Susan Richardson

    Barb and Family:
    So very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Please know that he was fondly remembered and lifted in prayer very often. May God grant you joy in remembering the wonderful memories and good times you all had opportunity to share together. Our prayers of comfort and love continue for you and your family. May you receive the peace and rest of God's loving spirit surrounding you. Friends always --Denny and Sue Richardson

  11. John and judy parr

    Sorry to hear your loss hugs

  12. Francis and Joyce Reuter

    Sorry for your loss. We enjoyed our visits with him when we were parishioners at St. Joe’s

  13. Patty Bauer

    Oh Barb, love and prayers to and.for you and your family. You are a heroine in my life. So proud of you my friend.

  14. Patti Blount

    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Jim. Sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

  15. Brad and Michelle Olsen

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Sending thoughts and prayers your way!

  16. Gloria J Johnson (Berger)

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one. Thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.

    (Janet's sister)

  17. Diane Girard (Hutter) classmate

    My Deepest Sympathy to the Family

  18. Dawn Abram

    I’m so sorry for your families loss.

  19. Larry and Rita Gruber

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  20. Nancy Kezar Melander

    So very sorry for your loss.

  21. Erin Richardson

    Thoughts and prayers!!

    Erin Richardson
    (Sara's classmate)

  22. Jackie Kezar Mulcahy

    I have so many great memories of Jim when I was just a kid and would come to stay at the farm during the summer. He had a terrific smile, fun to be around, a hard worker and just an all around nice guy. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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