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James Brunner

Mar 22, 1936 - Apr 30, 2019


James “Jim” Robert Brunner, age 83, of Sheboygan, died on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. He was born in St. James, MN on March 22, 1936, the son of the late Albert and Marguerite Lynch Brunner.
Jim attended local schools in St. James, MN and graduated from St. James High School in 1954. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 7, 1955 and was discharged on December 18, 1956. Jim was united in marriage to Sharon Markgraf on May 26, 1962 in Dubuque, IA. She preceded him in death in March of 2015.
He was employed at the Kohler Company in various departments within the plant before landing a timekeeper position. From there, he went on to work for the UAW Local 833 for the next 25 years as the Financial Secretary Treasurer from 1975 until his retirement in 2000. In his retirement years, he continued to be an active member of Local 833 and at his church, Our Saviors Lutheran. Jim enjoyed bowling, softball, cooking, gardening and fishing in his earlier years. He was also a country music fan and an avid Green Bay Packer and Chicago Cub fan.
Survivors include his daughter, Diane (Jay Hilbelink) Kallas; a son, Daniel Brunner; three grandchildren, Steve Kallas, Kyle Brunner and Lexi Brunner; sister-in-law, Darlene (Wesley) Hasseler; a niece, Kristine (Dave) Eggebeen, all of Sheboygan; three nephews, David (Jen) Hasseler, of MN, Thomas Hasseler, of TX and Bill Marsh, of CA. Jim is also survived by his two great-grandchildren, Amaira and Adelida. His parents and wife preceded him in death.
A funeral service for James will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 912 Mead Ave., Sheboygan with Rev. James Schulz officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church on Monday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m., with full military honors to follow. An entombment will take place at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in the Town of Wilson.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Jim’s name. The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Service

Date: Monday May 6, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church [map]


Date: Monday May 6, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church [map]



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Myra Eischen

Your Dad will be missed by many. I knew him briefly from setting up wedding cakes at the union hall. I always enjoyed talking to him and he was so friendly even when I saw him outside of the hall he always knew me and had a moment to talk. so sorry for your loss. Myra Stokdyk Eischen from Myra's Country Cakes and Catering

Mark S. Winkel

My deepest sympathies to the family. I have very fond memories of Jim from my days @ the Kohler Co.

Darlene Leonhard

To the family of Jim Brunner,, We are so sorry to hear of Jim's death. He was a wonderful person to get to know here at Maple dale Apartments. I know he wasn't around lately but didn't realize he was sick. He will be missed. Thank you for sharing him with us for the short time he was here. Our sympathies to all of you.


My condolences to the Brunner family on losing James in death. Isaiah 25:8 contains a promise held out to us by our Grand Creator. "He will swallow up death forever, And the Soverign Lord Jehovah will wipe the tears from all faces." Never again will humans grieve the loss of our loved ones in death..

Marcus Powers

My deepest sympathy to Diane, Dan, and the family. Jim will certainly be missed by many. His smile and warm greeting were indications of his personality. It was a privilege to have served as his former pastor and I pray you find peace in knowing Jim is at home with the Lord Jesus. God's blessings as you grieve. Pastor Powers.