Thursday, April 28, 2005

James L. Brewster, 69


James (Jim) Brewster, 69, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston do to complications of a stroke. He was 69 years old.

Jim was born in Sterling, Illinois on October 11, 1935 to Merle and Francis Brewster. The family moved west in 1938 to Oregon where Jim attended grade school in and around the Klamath Falls area. In 1950, the family moved to Grangeville where Jim graduated from GHS in 1954 where he competed in basketball, baseball and track.

Jim’s love of the outdoors started early as he spent many hours in the woods. Logging for his father in high school, he moved to driving trucks for Brewster logging until 1964. He also served in the National Guard, based in Grangeville, from 1957 to 1961. Moving from logs to oil, he spent the next six years driving for Standard Oil. Missing the wood smell, he went back to work for Wicke’s Saw Mill in 1970. The woods called him back in 1973 as he went to work driving truck for Toivo Pottala Logging until 1980. He finished his career with Union Warehouse in 1997, spending 17 years delivering many gallons of fuel and fuel oil all over the Camas Prairie.

Just out of high school, Jim found his life long love in Barbara (Bobbi) Heminger. They were married on September 6, 1959 in Kooskia, Idaho. Jim and Bobbi spent 45 wonderful years enjoying each others company among the splendor of the outdoors. Jim and Bobbi lived in Grangeville until 2000 when retirement brought him to the Lewiston Valley. His retirement was joyful, spending time with his grandchildren in Texas and Idaho as well as time with family all over the United States. An avid outdoorsman, he spent countless hours riding his ATV, hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. If he wasn’t in the mountains, you would probably find him at the arena, team roping or chasing a calf. He was a well gifted communicator, spending many hours talking with anyone who lend him an ear.

Jim was a member of the Grangeville Elks Lodge #1825 from 1965 to present. His eagerness to serve also found him on the Border Days Committee from 1958 to 1968 where he served as President in 1968. Countless other hours were spent as a member of the Idaho County Sheriff’s Posse, Grangeville Gun Club and Grangeville town basketball and baseball teams of the 1960’s and 70’s. In his retirement, Jim enjoyed the camaraderie of the White Bird Pathfinder and Lewis-Clark ATV clubs.

Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara of Lewiston; daughter Jodi Thomas, her husband Greg and grandchildren Tyler and RayAnn of Magnolia, Texas; daughter Teresa Corey, her husband Jeff and grandchildren Heather and Ryan of Lewiston, Idaho; a brother, Michael Brewster, his wife Debbie and family of Grangeville; brother Dan Brewster of Grangeville; sister Irene Degenstein, her husband Pete and family of Kelso, Washington.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim touched the lives of too many people to count. We will miss him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Grangeville EMT or Central Idaho Rodeo Association.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grangeville Christian Church with Reverend Randy Meyers of the Pleasant View Baptist Church of White Bird officiating. Services are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville