Mr. James “Jim” William Brandon, 90, of Lebanon, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at Homewood Health Campus in Lebanon.
Jim was born Sept. 20, 1923, in Clinton County, a son of the now late Abbie Newton and Chloie Jane (Record) Brandon.
He was reared and educated in Clinton County, and he graduated in 1941 from Frankfort High School. He entered the United States Army Air Force in 1942, and served as a staff sergeant during World War II. As a fighter plane gunner, Jim served on 35 missions during his time in the service. He received numerous military medals and honors. He moved to Lebanon, where he had since resided, after his discharge in November 1945.
Jim married Zona Mae Harshman on Jan. 25, 1945, on the Lowery Field Air Force Base in Denver, Colo. Mrs. Brandon passed away Aug. 29, 1999.
He had a career with the Indiana Gas Company in Lebanon. He served as a foreman, and retired in 1988 after 43 years of service.
Jim was a charter member of the East Side Christian Church in Frankfort; and a member of the V.F.W. in Lebanon, where he was a past commander and a former 6th district trustee. He was also active in the American Legion in Lebanon and the Gas Company Retirees.
He was a proud husband, father, grandfather and family man.
Survivors include three children, William E. (Lou Ann) Brandon of Franklin, and Karen S. (Steve) McCracken and Joyce M. Riner, all of Lebanon; one brother, Richard A. (Sandy) Brandon of Frankfort; two sisters, Patricia A. Blevins of Lexington, Ill., and Marilyn M. (Robert) Koster of Plainwell, Mich.; nine grandchildren; 21 grea-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Howard C. Brandon and Donald D. Brandon.
Visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.
Saturday at Myers Chapel of Memories, with Elder Rod Duncan officiating. Interment will follow military honors at the Oak Hill Cemetery in LebanonMemorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.