James M. “Jim” Brucker

March 03, 1959 ‒ September 12, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio

James M. “Jim” Brucker, of Mount Gilead, was called home to be with the Lord, Saturday evening, September 12, 2020, at his residence while surrounded by love. He was 61 years young and fought a courageous battle with stage IV metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Jim was born on March 3, 1959, in Gallipolis, to Merrill and Jane (Roush) Brucker whom survive. In 1977, Jim graduated from Mount Gilead High School. While in school he enjoyed playing basketball, football, and ran track. He also enjoyed being active with his father’s shop class and travelled the states competing with his prized creations. After graduating from high school, Jim went on to the University of Cincinnati where he completed 6 years of course work in Architecture. While at college Jim had the opportunity to design a house for class that later would become the plans he, his father, and brother used to build the “experiment in the woods” house his parents reside in today. In 2010, Jim would go back to school as he graduated from Central Ohio Bible College where he chose to better his understanding of his faith and journey with God.

On Labor Day weekend in 1980, Jim officially met the love of his life, Robin R. Switzer, while attending a pig roast at the high school. Three years later, on July 30, 1983, he married her at her home church in Euclid. Not even a robbery at gun point in the neighboring building kept him from watching her walk down the aisle. If you asked him, he would say with a smile, “About 37 years of marriage with about 35 being wedded years of bliss.” Together they would enjoy a lifetime of traveling in their early years and picked back up after becoming empty nesters. Some of their favorite trips together includes: traveling to the Holy land/ Paul’s journey though Greece and Italy, cruise through Alaska with the whole family, and two mission trips to Russia with the last trip including “his boys”.

After a few years of working as an architect in Columbus, Jim decided to open his own practice in Mount Gilead. What started out as a bedroom office on the second floor of his home, became a standalone business practicing under the name: Jim Brucker & Associates Architecture+. He also used his education to serve as past zoning inspector for Candlewood Lake Association, inspector for the Village of Caledonia, and chaired the Village of Mount Gilead Zoning Board of Appeals. Jim was dedicated to his business that was open for 30 years and stayed open until the day he passed. The family is extremely grateful for his associates: Heavenly Kevin (Kevin Landes) and Amazing Grace (Grace Walker) for their assistance in keeping the business going.

A man of deep faith, Jim was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church. His prize role within the church was chairing the education committee where he was able to not only provide leadership in Sunday School, but also in creating opportunities for family events and campership programing. Every Sunday, Jim could be found in the children’s wing making learning about Christ fun for his Sunday Schoolers. More recently, Jim enjoyed becoming one of the first few in the state to achieve Certified Lay Minister status within the Methodist Church. This certification allowed him to be called to the pulpit often to share God’s word. He also had the privilege of serving as a pulpit exchange for a few churches outside the Methodist framework. Jim’s faith led him to be an active member with the Heart of Ohio Emmaus Community where he served in numerous roles and was a member at-large for the East Ohio Conference of the UMC.

Community minded, Jim was a founding board member of Habitat for Humanity of Morrow County and past member of the Mount Gilead Lions Club. He and his wife have enjoyed being members of What’s Trump Euchre Club and Hick’s and Chick’s Square Dance Club.

Away from work and serving his community, Jim enjoyed saving the world from Pokémon taking over with his Pokémon Go family. He also enjoyed woodworking, reading magazines, and watching all different kinds of programing on TV.

His soul was kind and his sense of humor witty. He truly loved all.

Left to cherish his memory includes his love, Robin; proudest achievements: Dr. Robert (Dr. Bojana Jovanovic) Brucker and Jamie Brucker, mayor of Mount Gilead; pure joy in his heart, his granddaughter, Prena; loving parents: Merrill and Jane; best little brother, Bill Brucker; awesome brother-in-law, Jim (Laurie) Switzer; amazing nieces: Alicia (Kurt) Nickels and Jessica Switzer.

Jim was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Herman and Gladys Brucker; maternal grandparents: James and Louise Roush; and his in-laws: Robert and Dorothy Switzer.

His family will greet friends from 3 to 6 PM, on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at the Trinity United Methodist Church (75 E. High St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338). A memorial service to honor his life will be held there on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 2:30 PM, with Pastor Jeff Canankamp and Pastor Mike Farmer officiating. For the sake of keeping everyone healthy and well, the family kindly asks that you please wear a mask and keep within a safe distance between other visitors while attending the visitation and/or service.

While flowers are enjoyable, his family would love for you to consider donating to Trinity United Methodist Church to go towards the Children’s Wing Air Conditioning Fund. This was a fund he donated all of his honorariums he received while preaching at other churches.

His family extends a heartfelt thankyou to his medical team: Dr. David Bajor and the staff at the UH Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Dr. Matthew Hintz of OhioHealth Cardington, the wonderful care team from Hospice of Morrow County, the Morrow County Hospital, and Morrow County EMS.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Jim’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • My heart and prayers are with all of the family. To know Jim was to love Jim. His legacy lives on. His love lives on. He will never be forgotten. He is rejoicing in The God of His Salvation. God blessed our family so much when he placed The Brucker family in our lives on Grant Street. Lots of love and always in our hearts . Jane and Merrill your family is very special. Peace and comfort knowing that you all will be together for eternity. Bill Robin Jamie and Robby your love blesses all of us that is Jim’s love through you. So thankful for your faith and inspiration for us. Lots of love and prayers during this time.

  • Brucker family,
    On behalf of The Tschudi family, we are saddened to hear of Jim’s death. His kind heart, infectious smile and care for his community will always be remembered. What a wonderful example to all who knew him. Celebrating a life so well lived and loved is fitting and know we will be with you in spirit.
    DeColores!
    Janae Tschudi-Evatt

  • “Virtual yellow rocks” to the family. We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s illness and passing. Peace for all as you experience this loss of your loved one.
    Beverly and Chuck Skiles

  • Jamie and family:

    I am sorry to read of the your loss. Taken much too young, but what a life of service to family and community.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult days.

    Roger Marra
    Mount Vernon, Ohio

  • Robin, Robert & Jamie you are in our thoughts & prayers at this most difficult time. May you let our Lord wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you and give you a peace that only he can give. What an outstanding life Jim had helping others. We are blessed to have known Jim over the past several year. Dave & Nan

  • Robin and Family, Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the many wonderful memories as well as God’s strength help to comfort and sustain you

  • Robin and Family,
    We are so very sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. Sending prayers of comfort during this time.
    Nancy and Bruce Histed

  • Robin and Family,
    We were saddened to hear of Jim’s passing and we are sending prayers and hugs to all. His memory will live forever.

  • Robin and family so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing I don’t think I ever met him in person but have known Jamie through Kelsi for many years and you both raised a great kid who turned out to be an awesome adult who reflects the leadership of a great father. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you.
    Deb (McAvoy) and Keith Fissell

  • To the Brucker family, so sorry for your loss. May God be with you during the sad times and remind you of the joyous memories of life together. May he bless you with the comfort that only he can provide. Deepest sympathies to all.

  • Robin, Jamie, and Rob
    My heart is heavy with the news about the passing of Jim. I’m filled with memories of parties on the 4th of July and Jim on the sidelines cheering us on during Cross Country. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Robin and family,
    Jim will be missed by all of you and all of us who knew him. Dancing with you was sheer joy, he never failed to make us smile. Robin your kindness as well as Jim’s was appreciated by the Wards every time we danced together. We hope your lives will be touched by your belief in God and your wonderful memories of Jim. Know that you are loved and if you need anything we are just a phone call away. Love and prayers to you and yours.

  • To the Brucker family, much love and many prayers for comfort. May Jim rest in piece until you all are reunited one day ❤️🙏

  • My prayers go out to all of you. Jim was a unique, kind and friend to so many. He was truly one of a kind and I am so grateful I got to know him. He greatly impacted my life and will always cherish those memories. I am so very sorry for all your loss. He was an incredible man and a true man of God. Sending prayers.

  • Dear Robin and Family, my heart goes out to you. I got to know Jim during our step aerobics classes at church. He was such a kind man and funny! Wishing you the strength to get through this hard time and reach the point of smiles from the good memories.

  • Such wonderful and fond memories of Jim and all of the Brucker family. Will be praying for you all as you go through this time of Grief and sadness.

  • To the Brucker family,
    Prayers and sympathy for this difficult time. Hold on to all your precious memories thru the days to come.Jim is now at peace with his savior.

  • To the entire Brucker family,

    Sorry for your loss. May God be with you during your time of sorrow. Jim was a great guy and I enjoyed working with him all those years at Candlewood. May Jim rest in peace in heaven.

  • To the Brucker Family,
    Jim always had a warm, inviting smile even after his diagnosis.
    Prayers for peace and comfort for all of you.

  • It is with heavy hearts we offer our sincere condolence on the passing of Jim. May the grace of our Lord and Savior provide peace and comfort to the entire family as they grieve their loss.

  • I am struck by reading his obituary how very much Jim crammed into his 61 years. Some live longer but few live better.
    You all have my deepest sympathies and love.

  • With our deepest sympathy, we offer prayers and love to Robin and the rest of the family. Jim was a good man who was a joy to be around.
    Bob, Sue, Kate, and Kelsey Snyder

  • Wilma Reed says: Robin,Jamie,Rob,Bill,Jane and Merrill.May the Lord Comfort all of you and give you Strength. For all the years I worked in your home all of you became my Family. Jim was always kind, hardworking and treated everyone with respect. His memory will live on forever. Our Love and thoughts are with all of you. God Bless.

  • I was saddened to hear about Jim’s illness and I am sad now for losing him. But I know that he is finally away from the pain and the illness and enjoying himself in Heaven. My prayers are now directed to Robin, Rob and Jaime. I treasure many memories with the whole family in many mission trips. May the Lord sooth your sense of loss.

  • To all of the Brucker family –
    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of an amazing family member – civic-minded, kind, and with a wicked sense of humor. Thanks so much for sharing him with us and we are here if you need us.
    Sincerely,
    Steve and Karen Hartman and all of the Hartman family

  • Robin, and family: our deepest condolences are with you all. Darrell loved working with Jim on different project. His legacy lives on as a servant of our Lord. RIP Jim, and may God’s comfort be with all of you.

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