James E. Brede

January 19, 1942May 12, 2013

James “Jim” E. Brede, 71, born, January 19, 1942 in Belleville, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at his residence in Belleville, Illinois James was a retired Lieutenant with the Belleville Police Department. James received numerous awards, certificates and achievements during his years on the force. James was a loving and devoted husband, father and grand father. He was the owner of The Lincoln Jug for over twenty years. Owner of Brede Apartments. He owned and operated Brede Photography, Taking new born babies pictures at Memorial Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and at Scott Air Force Base. He was a member of the Belleville Elks Lodge #1241, Masonic Lodge #54, The Belleville Police Protective Association. He served as Chairman of the Belleville Police and Fire Commission, served on the Finance Counsel at Cathedral Church, Chairman of the Belleville Mental Health Foundation Board, Board member of the St. Clair County Public Building Commission, James was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley O. and Cleola, nee Day, Brede. Surviving are his loving wife, Lana, nee Fulte, Brede whom he married on March 10, 1990; Children, James S. (Lori) Brede, David A. Brede, Deborah (David) Scobbie and Leigha M. (Ryan Barklage) Brede; grand children, Jennifer Curtis, Steven J. Brede, Sarah C. Brede, Alexis Brede, Nicholas Brede, Kayla Brede and one on the way, Sophie Rae Barklage; great grandchild, Ashton J. Brede and a mother in Law, Cecilia A. Fulte whom he loved and adored. Also, survived by his first wife, Beverly J. Brede. Memorials in James memory may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Spencer Pet Rescue Shelter. Online condolences maybe expressed to the family at Visitation: friends may call from 3 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois Funeral: Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home, interment will be held in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Illinois Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Larry McLean

May 20, 2013

Lana, Jim, Debbie and other family. Please accept my sympathies on the loss of your dear loved one. I first met Jim well over 30 years ago when I started work in Belleville. He was always warm and gracious to me and always had a great smile. I enjoyed knowing him and was proud to consider him a friend. Sorry that I could not make it to the service personally. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

LeAnne Balzer

May 18, 2013

Leigha, so sorry for your loss.

La Gene Vassallo

May 17, 2013

To Lana,Lea, Debbie, Jim and David,

"May fond memories sustain you in your time of grief. May the love and good times that each of you shared, fill you hearts with smiles instead of tears.

The Vassallo family

Mark A Eros

May 16, 2013

Lana & Leigha-
Thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time of need. Remembering the time we spent at the Fox Theatre Anniversary Party and the preparations for the school play and VBS. God be with you and yours.

Linda Choate

May 16, 2013

Lana, Debbie,Leigha, and family, So sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you. You are all in my thoughts.Xxoo R.I.P. Jim

linda choate

May 16, 2013

Lana, Debbie Leigha, and family, So sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you. You are all in my thoughts.Xxoo R.I.P. Jim

May 15, 2013

I will never forget all the good times and great folks I met at The Jug....Jim had a Big heart, I will never forget him. Jane

Phyllis Scobbie

May 15, 2013

Debbie & Family
He was a good man and will be deeply missed, but remember he will be an angel on your shoulders to watch over you. Everyone can say that at one time or another they had a great time with him, he will be missed. With Deepest Sympathy
God Bless you and your family as you go through this time of sorrow but always remember your friends are there for you


May 15, 2013

May great Memories Fill Your Hearts With Joy & Laughter, he was A Very Respected Man....So Deeply Sorry...Sincerely

Butch Werle

May 15, 2013

Lana, so sorry for your loss. Jim will always have a special place in my heart. He got me started in my handyman business. My deepest sympathies to you and the family.