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(July 20, 1920 – September 9, 2013)

James “Jim” Brainard Washburn, 93, of Midland, formerly of Coleman, MI and Surprise, AZ went to be with his Lord on Sept. 8, 2013. He was one of five children of Frank and Ida (Radke) Washburn. He was born on July 20, 1920 in Sioux Pass, Montana and moved to Hillman, MI as a child where he was raised and attended Hillman High School. He served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army and was a retiree of the Dow Chemical Company retiring in 1980 after 30 years of service. Jim married the former Florence Louise Haidysh on June 10, 1950 in Hillman. They enjoyed 56 years of marriage before her death on August 3, 2006. Jim was a hardworking man and would do anything to help a friend or neighbor. He was particularly skilled in carpentry. He built several homes; started a small company, JB Toys, where he and Florence made educational children’s toys and he helped renovate St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Coleman. He is survived by three daughters, Judy (Bernie) Raymond of Midland, Linda (Thomas)Franz of Oviedo, FL and Dianne (Doug) Windsor of Grand Rapids; two sons, Eugene (Darcy Roberson) of Middlebury, IN and Kenneth (Tammy Dreier) of New Paris, IN; ten grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind two sisters, Frances Packer of Chesterfield Twp. and Elsie Lewis of Alpena; his special friend Chris Dunne and his many friends at Big Boy In addition to his parents and wife, Jim was preceded in death by his brothers Lawrence and Eugene and his nephews Larry Washburn and Terry Lewis. Per Jim’s wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sanford on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at 11:00 am with Pastor Paul Young officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Sat. Sept. 28 from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Heartland Hospice. Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly is assisting the family. Online condolences can be left at www.smithminer.com