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James Brasher

James Boyd “J. B.” Brasher, 69, Ozawkie, formerly of Wichita, died Feb. 15, 2012, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

He was born Aug. 18, 1942, at Denver, the son of Boyd and Ruth Demeret Brasher. He was a 1960 graduate of Clearwater High School and attended the Wichita Business College.

Mr. Brasher was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1961 to 1963. He was stationed in Japan. He worked as a senior systems’s analyst for KG&E in Wichita and Westar Energy Co. in Topeka, retiring in 2002 after 34 years.

He was a member of the Ozawkie American Legion Post No. 225. He was an accomplished musician, singer and songwriter. He was known as the “Hank Williams of Ozawkie” in the music communities of Wichita and Winfield.

He married Janice Lynne Garrett Livingston March 16, 1986, at Wichita. She survives at the home.

He is also survived by one son, Nathan Brasher, Wichita; one daughter, Rachel Brasher, Lawrence; three step-daughters, Lori Schaefer, Wichita, Jennifer Schaefer, Golden, Colo., and Melissa Atkinson, Wichita; one brother, Bobby Freeman, Winfield; one sister, Glenna Joyce Freeman, Arkansas City; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ron Brasher.

A Celebration of Life memorial service was held Feb. 20 at the Ozawkie United Methodist Church. Inurnment was at the Ozawkie Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Midland Hospice, the Ozawkie United Methodist Church, the National Arthritis Foundation or to a nature conservation organization of the donor’s choice and sent in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, 66066.

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