James Michael Brumm

December 8, 1944 - January 16, 2022
James Michael Brumm

James Michael Brumm (“Jim”) passed on peacefully with his family by his side on January 16, 2022 at the age of 77. Though our hearts are broken, we are comforted by the fact he is now our guardian angel.

Jim was born to Ann and John Brumm on December 8, 1944 in Waxahachie, TX, and grew up in Wisconsin. He graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Technology in 1966, and fulfilled his passion as an engineer for Caterpiller, Inc. where he worked for thirty-seven years. During his accomplished career, he earned his Six Sigma Certification and led an engineering team to Europe and Japan. Even after he retired in 2003, the sight of a CAT machine still stopped him in his tracks.

Jim met the love of his life, Linda (née Rowe) in Peoria, IL in a whirlwind courtship that might have never happened had she not been home that fateful day he knocked on her door. They enjoyed 53 beautiful years together. Through good times and health challenges, they remained each other’s steadfast rock to the end.

Jim is survived by Linda, their two children, Holly (Kevin) and Mike (Andrea), his grandchildren (Alex and Sara), his sisters (Julie and Jean), and he was looking forward to the birth of his new grandson. Jim was incredibly proud of his kids and their service as military spouses. He cherished his time with his grandchildren.

Jim’s journey ended at the NHRMC and Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care. His transition was peaceful thanks to the care and compassion of all the staff.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Lower Cape Fear Life Care.



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  • January 18, 2022
    Deb Deitrick says:
    Linda and family, Jim's death is devastating news. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. He was a friend that will be missed. I remember his smile and our many "condo" conversations.

  • January 18, 2022
    Peggy Reed says:
    I will miss Jim so much. Since we both worked for Cat, we always had that in common to talk about. He helped me so much when I was president of the condo association. I will miss his wisdom. Linda and Jim are like family to me. This leaves a huge hole in my heart. The world lost a great man, and heaven gained one. I will keep Linda and her family in my thoughts and prayers. I am always here for you.

  • January 18, 2022
    Kim Spelman says:
    Brumm & Field families - so very sorry for your loss. To Holly, sending heartfelt condolences from your OGP CSS Family

  • January 18, 2022
    Dan (and Heather) Winslow says:
    So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was one of my first friends acquired when I moved to Peoria in 1966 knowing no one. We both lived in Glen Oak Towers on Main Street for about a year and he invited me on a trip back home to WI in spring 1967 to meet his family. He was a great friend and fellow worker at Caterpillar for many years.

  • January 19, 2022
    Pam Weaver says:
    Dear Linda, Amy called me and told me about Jim’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. I know what you’re going through since I lost Mike a little over a year. I pray that God will give you the peace and comfort during this time and most of all the days ahead. My love to you.