James Lyle Brainard

February 6, 1937April 17, 2014

James Lyle Brainard, age 77, of Fairborn died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Patriot Ridge Community. He was born the son of Lloyd & Mary (Benson) Brainard on February 6, 1937 in Postville, Iowa. James graduated from Janesville High School in Wisconsin and Park University. He served his country with the United States Air Force as a navigator/bombardier in B47’s, as a C-130 navigator stateside and in Vietnam, and as an air traffic controller at Wright Patterson AFB, retiring in the rank of Captain in 1979. His military awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, 14 Air Medals and numerous other awards and decorations. He retired from civil service in 1999. He was a member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church and the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Rosemary Ebert and Judy Hill, and one brother, Gerald Brainard. James is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Judith, daughters, Susan Brainard of Bellbrook, Ohio and Elizabeth Barnhouse of Dublin, Ohio, one son, Thomas Brainard of Columbus, Ohio, grandchildren Abby, Andrew, Alexander, Michael and Daniel, two brothers, Roger and Leroy Brainard. A memorial service will be held at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 1501 N. Broad St., Fairborn at noon, May 3, 2014. A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at 11:00AM to noon at the church. Inurnment to be determined by the family at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Christopher’s. Online condolences can be made at


  • Visitation Saturday, May 3, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 3, 2014

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Kim Logston

May 2, 2014

I pray that my Uncle Jim is at peace now and enjoying a great big family reunion with his Mother & Father, Sisters and Brother.... who are my Grandma and Grandpa Brainard, my Mom (Judy), Uncle Jerry, and Aunt RoseMary.

Cindy Schweibold

April 28, 2014

Judy, Susan, Betsy and Tom - I'm so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Janet, Adam and Brian Siens

April 23, 2014

Susan, Michael, and family, We are so sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. We hope that happy and loving memories comfort and sustain you through this time of grief and into the future.

Norma Bradley

April 21, 2014

Susan, I am sending you and your family my condolences. I am sorry for your loss - seems like heaven is needing a lot of great angels lately! Hugs!

Norma Bradley

Jan and Rick Martin

April 21, 2014

Susan and Brainard Family, Jan and I ask the Lord to give you strength and His Love to help you in this time of sorrow. James is now home with His Father and sharing in the Easter Joy in Paradise. I know it's hard to rejoice at this time but have faith in God and you will find peace. May James rest in Peace. Jan and Rick Martin

Maureen Erney

April 21, 2014

Please know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences.
Maureen and John Erney, Columbus, Ohio

Beth Jankowski

April 21, 2014

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are not alone for you have many friends holding you up during this time.

Leroy&Kathy Brainard

April 21, 2014

Judy Brainard& family we are sorry for your loss & our thoughts & prays are with you and the kids. Leroy&Kathy Brainard

April 20, 2014

Judy and family, we are sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, brother and our neighbor. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Stan and Sharon Long (Fairborn, OH)

Linda and Marcus Hummel

April 18, 2014

To the Brainard Family,
We are deeply saddened by your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you during this difficult time.
Your friends,
Linda and Marcus Hummel