James DeWayne TeBrake, the son of Gerrit and Susan (DeKok) TeBrake was born on September 21, 1940 on the family farm in Brooten, Minnesota. He attended school and lived in Brooten throughout his life.
Jim was united in marriage to Shirley Giere on June 16, 1961 at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead, MN. The couple made their home in Brooten where they worked and raised their family of three children.
Jim worked on the family farm, for his father's milk hauling business, and also was an owner/operator truck driver. He enjoyed farming for Hauge/Welte Farms and his brother, Gary. He also worked as the transportation director for the BBE school system for 29 years until his retirement in 2002. During Jim's retirement he enjoyed providing a helping hand to any in need and worked part-time for his daughter's business, Lewis Motor Repair.
Jim was a devoted member of the Brooten Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years, including 9 years as fire chief, and also served for 10 years on the Brooten Ambulance Service as an EMT. He served on the Brooten City Council and was also a life long member of the Brooten Community Church, serving as both elder and deacon.
Jim enjoyed playing softball and volleyball, farming, and fishing as often as he could. He was a devoted husband, proud father and grandfather and always enjoyed his time with his 6 grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his three children, Cheryl (Mark) Winter of Oakdale, MN, David (Michele) TeBrake of Cold Spring, MN, Mary (John) Carlson of St. Joseph, MN; 6 grandchildren, Kylie, Alex, Kirby, Ethan, Eric & Dylan; brother, Gary (Mavis) TeBrake of Glenwood, MN; and sisters, Thelma (Tom) Buss of Edina, MN and Cindy TeBrake of Bloomington, MN.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents.
Jim lived a life of no regrets. He accepted his illness with the character and man of faith that he was. He was very appreciative to the Lord for the life he was able to live while he was here. He was a man that was always there for anyone, knew everyone, and was a friend to many. He will be deeply missed by his family, church, community, and all those that called him "friend".