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James Bradley Von Minden

April 21, 1964June 23, 2020
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James Bradley Von Minden passed away on Friday June 23, 2020. He was born in 1964 in Tequesta, Florida and was the son of Alvin and Francis Von Minden. Jim was a first responder with the Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue for 30 years and played in the Firefighters game. Jim was an avid sports fan who loved the Miami Dolphins, Florida Gators and Clemson Tigers. He was a gentle soul who worked out often. He loved his family time in coastal South Carolina and the mountains of North Carolina. He is survived by his wife Angela and son, Bradley James Von Minden; his loving and proud mother Frances, a brother Rick (Maureen) sister Vickie Von Minden and sister Cheryl (Mark); he was also the fun uncle to Connor, Cara, Casey Von Minden, and Colton and Chase Fraser. He will be forever missed.

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James DePelisi

July 11, 2020

I wanted to extend my condolences to the Von Minden Family. From as long as I knew Jim, he ALWAYS took a stance for what was right, and always stood up for the less fortunate. We all had a great upbringing in Oriole Estates and at "The Field" (The Lauderdale Lakes Field), and Jim always had a zest and passion to live life to the fullest, never taking a "play off". Of course, he was destined to be Firefighter, where he could continue to make a positive impact and difference in people's lives. May the Lord Bless the Von Minden Family during this difficult time: Fran, Rick, Vickie, Cheryl, and Jim's Immediate Family. God Speed.

Sincerely,

The DePelisi Family

Frances VonMinden

July 8, 2020

Jim was the youngest boy of my precious 5 children.I find peace knowing he's in heaven with his beloved Dad and brother, Steve.Thanks to all from myself, my surviving children, Rick, Vicki and Cheryl and their families for your expressions of sympathy and sharing your memories of Jim. I cherish the days we spent together. He would always call and take me to lunch on Mother's Day or my birthday.I was so proud to be with him, that "hunk" of a guy with that engaging smile. Also he always visited his Dad's gravesite on special occasions, would sit under the shady oak tree in from of the masoleum and have a beer with his Dad. As a child Jim was destined to be a firefighter as he was so full of energy and a daredevil.At the age of 2 he climbed out of his crib landing on
a dollhouse requiring several stitches in his forehead. When 5, he ran into the house, tripped over our German Shepherd falling head first into the coffee table calling for 8 stitches in his face.I found out years later that he used to climb onto the back of our roof and jump into the deep end of our swimming pool. He started shooting pool at the age of 6 when he could just reach our pool table.He was so athletic starting with T-ball. He was supplied with the smallest baseball pants , too big for him, and they blew in the wind when he ran the bases. Through the years he excelled in all sports regardless of his small stature. After graduating high school he suddenly shot up to 5'11.
We all lost a handsome hero with that engaging smile, great physique,heart of gold and tremendous personality. Words cannot express my feelings at this sad time, but it helps to know I will see "Jimbo" again in heaven.
May he rest peacefully in the hands of the Lord!
His loving Mother, Fran

Joey Lyn

July 3, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Von Minden family. I can imagine the lost you are dealing with. James was a friend of mine when we lived in Deerfield Beach. We have lost a great man and I will alway cherish his memory. Wishing you strength and peace during this hard time.

Joey Lyn

Scot Trodick

July 1, 2020

All the memories of my dear friend Jimmy are flooding me like a tidal wave. Jimmy was a friend that everyone looked up to. He was fun, energetic, and always the life of the party. He was a cornerstone in our Lauderdale Lakes community. He is still with us all in spirit and his energy, which has brought so much joy to many of us, will live on forever in us and in heaven! I love you Jimmy and I thank you for all the wonderful memories and joy you brought to this world. You are one VERY special person! 🙏❤️

Jen/Freedom Tozzo

June 30, 2020

I did not have the privilege of knowing James but I am a veteran as well as a firemedic .I was praying so hard and am still praying for both his families /friends .We will take it from here and you will not be forgotten.

Karen Marcus

June 30, 2020

There are no words to sufficiently express the sadness that both Robert and I feel for the entire VonMinden family. We will always remember our nephew Jimmy not only as the handsome guy who was on the Firefighters Calendar, but also as a true hero who spent his life saving the lives of others. Jimmy was a sweet boy who grew into a caring, sensitive man. We will always hold Jimmy close and dear in our hearts and hope that the family can take comfort in the memories that you have shared together.

Christine Thielhorn

June 30, 2020

The VonMinden family is like a second family to me. We went to school and played sports and hung out from time to time. The family invited me over for Christmas when I was by myself. (And it was never forgoten). Jimmy was living at my house (well really my moms) in Oriole Estates at the time he was going to school for EMT and Paramedics while living there in the garage room. He was working to be a firefighter. It was cheap and my mom needed help herself and was renting it out. And I was there too when my son was 2 years old. Jimmy would pass by the living room from time to time and say hi. He would show my 2 year old how to do some dance moves. More like dip your hips moves. And I could not tell you how funny it was to watch your 2 year old try to do what he did. We had some fun times. He will truly be missed.

Sherry Ashworth

June 30, 2020

On behalf of Bobbi, Steve, Randy, and myself, we send our deepest condolences to Mrs. Von Minden, Cheryl and the rest of Jimmy’s family. Our family met the Von Minden’s at the Lauderdale Lakes sports complex when we were all very young. It was evident immediately that the Von Minden’s were an integral part of the Lakes community. Jimmy always had a smile on his face and he proved his athleticism early on. We were fortunate to go to Boyd Anderson with Jimmy and Cheryl where they continued to be to be an important part of the Cobra Family. Jimmy, Bobby Feeley, my brother Randy, and Jaime Alvarez would hang out together which as you all know, could lead to mischief. (Tiki Bar on Federal where many memories were made along with some vivid examples of their mischief could be witnessed!) On behalf of the Horton Family, we wish the Von Minden’s our sincere sympathies during your grief and hope that knowing how respected Jimmy is for his contributions to his community as a firefighter and his genuine kindness to friends and family, bring you some comfort. Rest easy Jimmy.

Fred Rohwedder

June 30, 2020

First, I would like to offer prayers and condolences to the entire Vonminden family. Jimmy and I were good friends when we were little kids back in Oriole Estates. We used to spend hours together shooting pool at either his house or ours. I think we were both trying to get good enough to beat our older brothers at the time.
Our families knew each other well and Jimmy was always fun to be around. He will never be forgotten and we wish you well during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Fred Rohwedder and Family

Terry Gartner

June 29, 2020

I always remember Jimmy had a smile on his face for everyone. He was as kind and without fail had something funny to share. He will be missed by his family, friends, and the community he served.

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