James Robert Brinker resident of Independence Kentucky passed away on April 25, 2018 at St. Elizabeth South Hospital in Edgewood at the age of 74 years.
Jim was born on October 25, 1943 in Cincinnati Ohio, one of four children to John Brinker and Lydia Burns Brinker. Both parents, his brothers Jerry Brinker and Jack Brinker, predeceased him. His sister Audrey Henke, many nieces, nephews and cousins survive him along with his wife of 50 years Judy Stone Brinker, his son James Joseph Brinker ,daughter- in -law Eleonore Brinker, daughter Jill Elizabeth Brinker-Foote, son- in -law Eugene Allen Foote Jr, and two grandchildren Benjamin Allen Foote and Kylia Rashelle Brinker.
He attended Purcell High School in Walnut Hills and attended college at University of Cincinnati. He served in the Navy for three years as a cryptologist for the NSA from 1963 to 1966. He worked in the nuclear lab at General Electric and later as a regional manager for Itek Graphics in the field of printing and graphics. He had a passion for the business of printing and later became a press mechanic for HRB in order to spend more time with family and in his volunteer ministry.
He was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and for many years served as an elder in the congregation until his health deteriorated. As an ordained minister he married both of his children. Although he suffered from a service connected disability and eventually became permanently disabled, he remained active in his volunteer work, and was a loving, hardworking and caring husband, father and grandfather.
Jim was known as ‘Dad’ to many, and will be remembered for his ability to make people laugh. He loved to fish, was quite an artist and would use cartoons to communicate his humor and love to friends and family. His greatest love was for his Creator, his family and friends.
Memorial Service will be held Saturday May 5th at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 5433 Taylor Mill Road, Taylor Mill, KY. Visitation 4-5 pm. Memorial Talk at 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be submitted to the Relief Work for Hurricane Victims at: https://apps.jw.org/E_DONATE