Jonathan E. Brimmer, 57, of Kansas City, MO passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in Ottawa, KS. Jonathan Edwin Brimmer, affectionately known as JB, was born to the late Ira Brimmer, Jr. and late Wylene Brimmer on September 27, 1960 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. No, this is not a mistake; JB was the only member of his family not born in Georgia. In May of 1969, he moved to New Jersey with his parents, and only sibling, Winifred (Levester) Edwards. He lived most of his childhood and young adult life in Irvington, New Jersey and claims it as his hometown.
He graduated from Irvington’s Frank H. Morrell High School in 1978. An exceptional student, Jonathan was DECA’s student of the year and earned a full scholarship to Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Services, in 1982. While at Johnson & Wales, JB and 5 others founded Lambda Omicron Sigma Fraternity.
In 1984, he moved to Parkville, Missouri to be close to his parents. Starting his own family 1987. He loved the service industry. Dedicating most of his life to enhancing the day of the people he served. Of his various employers he was most fond of the years he spent as the Woodlands Race Track Clubhouse, hospitality manager.
JB loved Christ, children, and music. He was an active church member from the time he was five years old. Singing in the choir, serving on the usher board and Sunday School teacher and junior superintendent. As an adult, JB ministered to people others often forgot about in homeless shelters. He never gave up on anyone and would share the Word regularly. Jonathan was a father of four daughters, Jari’s (JR) Kindred, Tasha Hayes, Erika West, and Taj Brimmer; one granddaughter, Tiye Kindred; and a goddaughter, Allison Gentry. His love for children was shown through his ability to make any child smile or laugh hysterically. He enjoyed caring for his girls and even had his own trademarked hairstyle known as the “Uncle JB Style.” He loved loud music and had an impressive album and CD collection full, including his favorites Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, and the Jackson 5. Known for his unwavering team spirit. Most people knew he was a true aqua & orange fan of the Miami Dolphins; win, lose or lose.
JB was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves to continue his legacy his aunts, Kate Singleton of Valdosta, GA, Charlene Singleton of Detroit, MI; his sister, Winifred (Levester) Edwards of Gladstone, MO; daughters: Jari’s (JR) Kindred of Shawnee, KS; Tasha Hayes of Gardner, KS; Erika West of Manhattan, KS and Taj Brimmer of Kansas City, KS; granddaughter Tiye; nieces:, Jasmine (Moses) Fields and Daphne Rambo: nephew Edsel Edwards; great nieces and nephews including DeRion Rambo, DeJenet Rambo and Cherish Edwards; a host of cousins, loved ones, and friends.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. ~ 11:00a.m., Friday, December 8, 2017 at Meyers Northland Chapel, Parkville, MO. A funeral service celebrating Jonathan’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday at the chapel. Memories of JB and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com