Jim Durant Brownlee

Born: Wed., Feb. 25, 1931
Died: Sun., Jul. 31, 2011


6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 04, 2011
Location: Popkess Mortuary- Sabetha

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Fri., Aug. 05, 2011
Location: Popkess Mortuary- Sabetha

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Jim D. Brownlee, 80, of Sabetha, died Sunday, July 31, 2011 at the Sabetha Manor. Jim was born February 25, 1931 in Sabetha, Kansas, the son of Gale and Elfie (Hunt) Brownlee. 

Jim lived in the Woodlawn and Sabetha area all his life and attended Sabetha area schools. Jim was united in marriage to Mildred McFall on August 15, 1954 at the Congregational Church in Sabetha. He enjoyed hunting, sports, fishing, and especially visiting with people. He served as Nemaha County Commissioner for 19 years. He suffered a stroke in 1997. 
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mark Brownlee; two brothers, Paul Brownlee and Harry Brownlee.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred; son, Steve Brownlee and his wife Selena of Sabetha; daughter, Marcia Given and her husband John of Greenville, South Carolina; six grandchildren; a sister, Maridee Nedham and a sister-in-law, Marjorie Brownlee, and many nieces and nephews.  
Funeral services will be Friday, August 5, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. Visitation will be Thursday, August 4, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are being left to the Sabetha Hospital, or the NorthRidge Church in Sabetha, sent in care of the funeral home, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, Kansas 66534. 

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John and Marcia Given and family Selena, Samuel, Harrison and Cecelia
   Posted Mon August 01, 2011
Dear Mildred,

sorry for your loss and our loss too. Jim was a very gracious man. He with you hosted the visit of a strange Briton in 1979 who had met Marcia in Scotland that year, and who was then shown Sabetha, Nemaha County and more before being despatched on a Koch 18 Wheeler en route to Denver.

That was a special visit and I was royally treated and introduced to the engines of the community by Jim from beef jerky manufacturing in Seneca to extruders of Sabetha and let''s not forget Midway Cafe and the jaw jaw there.

Later, after asking Jim''s permission to seek Marcia as my wife, Jim confounded the Briton''s next visit by throwing a Mountain Oyster Fry on the farm and left the Briton to believe it was "Sea Food"! That was a fun party but the truth was hard to swallow.

Jim''s political views were also interesting and, as County Commissioner at the time, he thought all "over flight" airplanes should pay a tax to the county. I have always struggled with that tax strategy imagining aircraft making 90 degree turns to circumvent the county. I know Jim was jesting, but it highlighted that he was a public servant and steward looking out for the best interests of Nemeha County and its folk. Jim will be missed.

Bless you Mildred

steve renyer
   Posted Tue August 02, 2011
Mildred, Steve, and Marcia and families
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. I enjoyed knowing Jim has a neighbor and also working for him when I was growing up. My prayer will be for you durning this time.

may God be with you

Bill Halvorsen
   Posted Wed August 03, 2011
Mrs. Brownlee:

I knew Jim during my term as Nemaha County Attorneyand Jim was Chairman of the County Commission. No matter the time of day, Jim was ready for coffee when he came by the office, a fact well known to all. However, when asked if he would like a cup, he always (always) replied that he didn't drink coffee unless he was alone or with somebody. Although predictible, it was funny everytime. He was a good commissioner, but more importantly, he was a good man.

Herb and Sandy, Lance Kooser and Deanna Brown
   Posted Sat August 06, 2011
Mildred, Steve and Marcia
So very sorry to hear about your loss. We didn't know Jim but we roped with Steve at Mulberry Creek alot. Know that you are all in our hearts and prayers in your time of loss. May God Bless you with only the good memories and may he lift your sorrows and pain.

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