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James Brady

James Brady

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BLOOMINGTON - James P. "Jim" Brady, 77, of 2708 Hobson Drive, Bloomington, died at 8 p.m. Sunday (April 23, 2006) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, with Monsignor Douglas Hennessy officiating. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, with military rites accorded by American Legion Post 56, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 today at the funeral home, with the rosary recited at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.

Jim was born March 7, 1929, in Chenoa, the son of Thomas and Mary Crilly Brady. He married Ruth L. Bishop on Aug. 13, 1966, in Bloomington. She survives.

Other survivors include four daughters, Sandy (Dave) Shaffer, Wapella; Sherry (Chuck) Wachob, Farmer City; Jean (Mike) Riordan, Downs; and Susan (Bill) Bratcher, Bloomington; one son, Doug (Elizabeth) Brady, LeRoy; one sister, Mary Jo (Paul) McPeek, Decatur; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, four sisters and one great-grandchild.

Jim was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, receiving three bronze stars, National Defense Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. He was retired from the U.S. Army and National Guard after 20 years of service. He was also retired from Illinois State University in Normal. Jim was a life member of the American Legion Post 56, where he was a past commander; VFW Post 454, Bloomington; Bloomington Knights of Columbus Council 574; and the Eagles.

For the past 20 years, Jim had lined up the Memorial Day and Labor Day parades in Bloomington. He was an avid Cubs fan. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, bird watching and grilling for family get-togethers. His great sense of humor and love for the Cubs was always a joy for all who were around him. Jim will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. A special thanks to the staff on the oncology floor at BroMenn.

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