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James Arlie Brown

Jim Brown, 80, of Glen Ellyn, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 13, 2021 after months of declining health. Jim served as a lead aircraft mechanic for 34 years with United Airlines, based at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL. He married the love of his life, Elaine Strumpf in 1966 and remained together until her passing, in April of 1998. He spent the remaining 23 years of his life loyally devoted to her. Although our hearts are saddened, we find peace knowing that Jim and Elaine are reunited for eternity.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Kim Barrett; granddaughter, Jessica Barrett Bacon and husband Dylan; grandson, Nicholas Barrett; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Riley and Madalyn Bacon; sister, Charlotte J. Conder; and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be scheduled in the spring of 2022 in Glen Ellyn, IL.

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Jim Brown was my lead mechanic in zone 5 United terminal at Ohare Field for quite a few years. His mechanics respected him and I respected him. He was good at what he did. Rest peacefully Jimmie.

Dave Detwiler (Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor) Nov 19 2021 3:57 PM

I am not sure this is the same Jimmy Brown that I grew up with in Chicago. We went to Trumbull Grammar School together and both of us entered the Air Force sometime between 1959 and 1960. I would love to know if this James Brown is my James Brown. I believe Jimmy went to Lane High School also in Chicago. Please call or E Mail me if you see this message and can provide more clarity. Gary Haverland 1-224-848-4533 or garyhaverland@comcast.net

Gary T. Haverland Nov 18 2021 12:57 PM

JB was a Special to myself and my sister since we have lived near him the past few years. He was always very kind and talked to us each day that we saw him. He came over to our home and made himself feel at home . My sister and I will miss him giving us a hello each time we came in from outside. He loved sitting down and having a conversation with neighbors and talking about his family and friends. We will miss him and our prayers go out to his family at this time. We will miss seeing him sitting on his porch and giving us a great big hello as we came home from our errands.

Naomi and sister Dorothy. Nov 18 2021 10:06 AM

JB was a wonderful friend and loved by all of the residents here at Eagle Point Condominiums. He was my neighbor and friend. The guys living here in building 700 would sit together in the breeze way and share stories. JB loved motorcycles and talked about the bikes he had and rode in the past. He never resisted any opportunity to come over and talk about his bikes in the past when I would clean or work on my Harley. We'll miss you my friend.

Sam Pratt Nov 18 2021 9:53 AM