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James "Jimmy" Souers Brundirks

James "Jimmy" Souers Brundirks
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James "Jimmy" Souers Brundirks

November 15, 2017

Service Details
A visitation will be held at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, MI 49093, on Saturday, November 25, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, with a service to celebrate his life beginning at 4:00 PM.                      


Obituary Notice
James “Jimmy” Souers Brundirks, age 39, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on Nov. 15th, 2017, at Henry Ford Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on August 15, 1978, in Kalamazoo, MI, son of James E. Brundirks and Nancy (Souers) Pick. 

Jimmy attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School for his elementary education and went on to graduate from Three Rivers High School in 1996.  He attended Michigan State University for two years following high school and in 2004 graduated from Western Michigan University with a teaching degree.  He taught abroad in Finland for a year before moving to Swan Quarter, NC, where he taught middle school.  In the fall of 2006, Jimmy attended Wayne State University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Library Science and Archiving.  In 2008, Jimmy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and underwent surgery, radiation, and chemo.  In 2010, he moved to Houston, TX, where he received treatment at M.D. Anderson.  He fought hard for 7 years through multiple surgeries, clinical trials, and aggressive treatments.  In the summer of 2017, Jimmy had exhausted all medical options and returned home to live his remaining time with his family and friends.

Many of Jimmy’s happiest moments were spent with his family and friends, especially at Fishers Lake. He loved to read, play poker with his buddies, play fantasy football, go to casinos, and memorize every line from his vast list of favorite movies. Jimmy loved to travel, having spent time in Finland, Prague, and touring Eastern Europe.  He had a love and commitment to helping feral and stray cats and fostered cats through the Friends For Life organization in Houston.

Jimmy is survived by his parents, James Brundirks and Juanita S. Kase and Nancy and Tom Pick; sisters, Maggie Happel and Elizabeth Graham and their spouses, Joel Happel and Kirk Graham; niece and nephew, Cameron and Eliza Happel; uncles and aunts, Dr. James Souers and Kathy Guthrie, Gary and Audrey Brundirks and Larry and Laura Brundirks; as well as extended family and friends and his cat buddies, Oliver and Pikku, who he rescued from the streets.                        


 Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund, c/o the funeral home.                                                                  

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7 comments on article "James "Jimmy" Souers Brundirks"

Hugh and Debra Hudson

Jimmy has traveled a long hard road with courage and humor. May he Rest In Peace with all of his struggles behind him. May happy memories bring comfort to his family and friends.

John Winchell

I had the good fortune to work with Jim at the WMU Archives when he was a student and, then, later as a volunteer. He was always hard working, thoughtful and a pleasure to work with. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Erin Zabonick

I got the pleasure to meet and know Jim when he came and volunteered at the library helping me with my load of book pulls. He was such a nice, sweet guy, willing to help out and I am truly blessed to have known him even for a short while. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Christine Hensell-Friedel

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Jimmy fought hard, as did his family. May you eventually find some peace in sweet memories.

Douglas Brown


There are no words to tell you how sorry I am.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Teresa Lepianka Alger

Nancy & Maggie

The angels in Heaven have a most wonderful addition. Our Jummy is now at rest free from pain and worry. May he enjoy the rich rewards he so deserved. We all will treasure the memories we were privileged to make with him. So sorry❤️

Teresa & Family

Todd Wyant

"If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives."

--Robert South

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