James Braden

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James E. Braden, 51, of Shiloh, IL born April 10, 1970, in Jacksonville, IL, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer with his family by his side on February 1, 2022, at Barnes Hospital, St Louis, MO.

Jim was an excellent example of what a human being should aspire to be… kind, generous, funny, smart, helpful. There are not enough adjectives to describe this man. Jim attended Jacksonville High School and later earned his bachelor’s degree in math and computer science at Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL. James worked at Southwestern Illinois College as a Senior Analyst Programmer. He loved spending time with his family, both the Braden’s and Hawks, and lending a helping hand to others. James was an avid animal lover and loved spending time with his beloved pets, Princess, Marnie, Diego, Timbre, Tyson, Madi, Bert, Sam, Millie, Nash, and Dancer. He also fostered many other dachshund dogs: Pumpkin, Dexter, Buster, Patches and Max. In his free time, James was a certified fitness trainer. He enjoyed playing volleyball, tennis, and traveling. His wit and charm are only unmatched by his MENSA brilliance.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Sharon, nee Wood, Braden; a brother, Timothy Braden; his paternal grandparents, Joe Braden and Gertrude Sapp Harsin; and his maternal grandparents, Tom Wood and Virginia Miller Kesler.

Surviving are his spouse of 23 years, Tad Hawk; two brothers, Thomas (Shannon) Braden and John Braden; a sister, Cheryl (Paula Lane) Braden; a nephew, Ian Braden; and two nieces, Demi Braden and Chey Watts.

Memorials may be made to The Uncle Gene Foundation, or Mandy’s Whine & Bark Groom and Animal Shelter. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 5, 2022, at George Renner & Son’s Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 5, 2022, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be held at a later date at Pine Tree Cemetery, Patterson, IL.



19 Comments on James Braden

Kimberly Snider said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2022 at 3:15 PM

Jim was so friendly, generous, and thoughtful. Always a smile and never a complaint. He will be missed around these SWIC halls. Our thoughts and prayers to Tad and the family. Kim and Mike Snider

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Alisha Chapman said : Guest Report Feb 06, 2022 at 3:14 AM

Blessed to have known him is all I can say. You really missed out if you didn't. RIP Jim.

  • Atlanta
  • Georgia
The Selwoods said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2022 at 1:30 PM

We didn’t know Jim but he had a Beautiful smile & he was so obviously loved by so many people, may he Rest In Peace now. Cheryl & Paula we are sorry for your loss. Love & hugs, Stuart & Dianne

  • Franklin
  • Il
David Bergman said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2022 at 9:35 AM

Prayers are with you Tad and your families.

  • Jacksonville
  • Illinois
Bill Grogan said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2022 at 9:28 AM

Jim was a beautiful human being. God's speed my friend. My prayers for Tad in mourning your loss.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Alisha Chapman said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2022 at 5:51 AM

Infectious smile and laughter, kind, polite, inclusive, courageous, ect... I was blessed to have known him. RIP Jim.

  • Atlanta
  • Georgia
Crystal Dougherty said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2022 at 9:35 PM

I have such great memories of growing up around the Braden family. Jimmy was one of my favorite babysitters who introduced me to Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

  • Wilson
  • NC
Sherry Favre Salvatore said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2022 at 3:22 PM

Every memory I have of Jim includes a smile and words of encouragement. He was loved and respected. He truly made our work environment a brighter place. I send my sympathy to his family and friends.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Sherry Favre Salvatore said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2022 at 3:16 PM

Every memory I have of Jim includes a smile and a word of encouragement. He was so respected and loved. I send my sympathy to his family and friends.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Cindy Aye Broyles said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2022 at 2:19 PM

So sorry to for you loss. Jim was a great guy who left a lasting impression on all that met him. He will be missed.

  • IL
Gayle said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2022 at 1:35 PM

Rest in peace kind soul.

  • Jacksonville
  • Illinois
sara bourn said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2022 at 10:23 AM

sorry to hear about Jim's passing... I didn't know him that well but everytime I saw or talked with him he always had a smile... Tad my prayers are with you and Jim's family ... So many wonderful memories ❤❤🙏🙏🙏

  • dix hills
  • new york
Amy Wetterlin said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2022 at 6:34 AM

I miss u. We were going to do dinner but never did. I’m heartbroken. You are so beautiful inside and out. I miss u Jim.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Doran and Vera Beckwith said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2022 at 3:15 PM

To the entire families, there are no words that we can say or things we can do to change what god had in store. But do know we cared for Jim and we will keep you ALL in our prayers

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Patricia Gowdy said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2022 at 11:24 AM

What wonderful memories!! Such good times we shared, Fun at Nadine’s and of course in Mexico. Will miss your gentle spirit and kindness to always be willing to help. God Bless you.

  • Affton
  • MO
Julie Roberts said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2022 at 3:09 AM

I am so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. Even though we were just acquaintances, whenever I would see him he always made me feel as if we had been close friends forever. So loving, so kind, a heart of gold! The thing I will remember the most about him is his contagious smile! The last time I saw him I was in a sad place but when we started talking I felt instantly better. That’s what Jim did…spread his happiness to others! May your memories bless you and both families with that same happiness as time heals you. My condolences and love to all of you. Julie Roberts

  • Sarasota
  • Florida
Ellen Daniels said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2022 at 6:59 PM

Jimmy was a wonderful friend to me in high school and I am so sorry that his family has lost the fantastic adult he grew up to become. Wishing you all the best during this very sad time.

  • Woodstock
  • Il
Renee Smith said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2022 at 3:34 PM


  • East St louis
  • Illinois
Lisa Modglin said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2022 at 2:30 PM

The world lost a real gem, but heaven gained an angel yesterday. I have so many fond memories with Jim since we worked and traveled a bit together. He always had something to say to make me laugh. He was also very kind and generous. He was one of the best and I will miss him very much. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the visitation, but please know he has been in my thoughts and prayers over these many years and especially now as he transitions to the next journey. My condolences to Tad and both of your families. Jim obviously loved you all very much.

  • New Athens
  • IL

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