OBITUARY

James "Jim" Andrew Brunjak

March 2, 1957April 30, 2019

James “Jim” Andrew Brunjak, 62, of Ooltewah, TN, passed away Tuesday, April 30th, 2019. A native of Pueblo, CO, he has been a resident of the Chattanooga area since 1999.

He was Owner and President of Power Solutions LLC, Taimen Transport LLC, and Taimen Trucklines LLC. He was an Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and a high standing member of the Oil and Gas Industry. He loved fly fishing at the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River in Colorado. Above all else he loved spending time with his Family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Anthony Brunjak.

Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Brunjak; three daughters, Jesse Brunjak Meade (Skylar), Maggie Brunjak Steele (Derek), Emma Brunjak (Chris Wang); five grandchildren, Kellan Steele, Griffin Steele, Finnley Steele, Kasen Meade and Mikah Meade; mother, Dorothy Brunjak; two brothers, Greg Brunjak (Shelly) and Tom Brunjak (Lynne); several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to TC Thompson Children’s Hospital at childrenaterlanger.org.

A celebration of life mass will be held at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 7111 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421, on Monday, May 6th at 11 a.m. with Father Manuel Perez officiating.

There will be a reception immediately following the service from 1- 4 p.m. at Davis Wayne’s Restaurant, 9454 Bradmore Lane, Ooltewah, Tennessee 37363 (at Cambridge Square)

Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway.

Please share your memories at: ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, May 6, 2019
  • Reception Monday, May 6, 2019

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Terri T Neby

May 25, 2019

First I want to say how terribly sorry Rick & I are for your loss. Jim was a super fun guy who I remember at the Radford Women's Basketball games years ago. He seemed to love life, his super cute & fun wife & family so very much! I know this is extrememly difficult for you all. Know that you've all been on our minds & in our prayers. Blessings to you all.
Terri & Rick Neby
Plymouth, MN

Zach Odell

May 17, 2019

Brunjak Family,
On behalf of Pueblo Central High School, I would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Mr. Brunjak funded a “Ray Brunjak 100% Scholarship” at our school for the past 20+ years. Mr. Brunjak helped countless Central Football players with their college tuition for giving 100% on the field and in the classroom.
Due to his generosity and philanthropy, he he kept his father’s proud name echoed in the halls and trophy cases at Central High School.
Personally, I was able to give the award seven times and see the look on these young men’s faces when they win this prestigious award.
We are fortunate enough to continue to give this award for the next few years thanks to Mr. Jim Brunjak’s donations. He also gave money last year in the name of legendary Coach Jim Ranson. Our basketball teams benefitted greatly from this kind gesture.
I know Mr. Jim Brunjak will be missed wholeheartedly by his personal family, but he will also be missed tremendously by his Central Wildcat Family.
Rest In Peace- Mr. Jim Brunjak.

Jay Bautch

May 17, 2019

Ms Jesse, Ms Emma, Mrs Brunjak and the staff at PS: You have all been one of our favorite guests at the Capital Grille. Please accept our condolences and sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gordon and Helen Murley

May 10, 2019

Rhonda and Family,
Reading the news about Jim in the Pueblo Chieftain filled my heart with sadness. We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God's comfort be felt by all of you.
Sending love and many prayers at this sad time.
With sincere sympathy,
Helen and Gordon Murley

Ray Sullivan

May 9, 2019

Jim and Rhonda Brunjak have never forgotten their roots. They made many generous donations to their high school alma mater, South High School in Pueblo, CO. They did so through the South High School Alumni Foundation and over the years their generosity allowed, among other things, the purchase of hundreds of computers and calculators for use by teachers and students. Learning was and is enhanced to this day.

Most recently, they funded the complete refurbishment of a time-worn 1971 outbuilding behind the school that was used for storage and by the baseball team in inclement weather. Now this 40- x 80-foot structure, resplendent with heat and astroturf, new lighting and insulation, and new siding and roofing no longer is a storage bin, but a top-notch indoor space that will be used by boys baseball, girls softball, the boys and girls golf teams, cheer and dance squads, and even marching band units and the occasional gym class.

You may forever know a generous soul by such care. Jim Brunjak touched thousands of kids seeking knowledge and pursuing excellence. For that he will not be forgotten.

Jerry Pekar

May 7, 2019

To the Brunjak Family, I am sorry for your Loss. Stay close to each other with love and compassion. Jerry

Mike Mcvay

May 6, 2019

I have know Jim for only 7 years. Seems like 70. That’s the guy he was. Always asking about my problems,not his. Always bragging about his family and how much bigger or longer his fish was. We shared our love for fishing and took that to the ends of the earth Our last trip together was the bottom of South America. Yes, he caught the biggest!! Mary and I will always have you guys in our prayers. Loved him like a brother

Kirk Kochenberger

May 6, 2019

Brunj is one of my favorite hoops junkies in Pueblo. We played for hours in the summer days of our high school years and he became a great friend and encouragement to me when I was having a difficult time growing or I should say not growing. He pulled me under his wing as a mentor does and made me feel like the most important person in the gym even though I went to another high school.

That was a special team at South his senior year and he had a tremendous state tournament including the championship game where I think he scored 25 points leading the Colts from his point guard position.

So happy I got to catch up with him at a Pueblo GPSA dinner a few years ago where the '75 Colt B-Ball Team was honored as one of the best high school teams in Pueblo history.

I can only imagine your grief and pray that God will send his Holy Spirit of Truth to comfort you and help you get through. The Christian hope is that we will be reunited with loved ones in Heaven and I know Brunj is up their looking after all his loved ones now and waiting for that time to come!

Alan and Colbee Johnson

May 6, 2019

The few times we got to hangout with Jim
He was always kind but most of all we had
Plenty of laughs. Jim is a good man and will
Be missed tremendously.
Alan & Colbee
Johnson

Doug Wilkerson

May 6, 2019

Dear Brunjak Family,
It was a pleasure to have known Jimmy growing up in Pueblo and later at Colorado State University. We shared some great times. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to hang out and reminisce with Jimmy during his induction ceremony a few years ago for the South High Alumni Association Hall of Fame.
I am so sorry for your loss and extend my heartfelt condolences .

FROM THE FAMILY