James Daniel Brouhard

James Daniel Brouhard, 70, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away at 6:15 on Friday, February 13, 2015 after a brief illness. Memorial services will be held at 5 PM, Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Carleton and Margelle Brouhard, his brother Carleton “Butch” Brouhard, his sister Carla Guins, and his wife Yelena Brouhard.

Jim is survived by his wife Irina of Lee’s Summit; his daughter, Kristen Brouhard; his son-in-law Greg Unruh; his sister, Danielle Gemmer; his sister-in-law Mary Alice Brouhard of Lake Charles, LA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim is greatly missed by his wife of four years, Irina. They were married in Kansas City, MO, on March 5, 2011.

Mr. Brouhard was born in Jackson, Mississippi, on January 15, 1945. He lived all over the United States and even spent several years in Japan due to his father’s service in the Airborne Army after World War II. Mr. Brouhard graduated from Salina High School in 1964, and attended the University of Kansas, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He developed a lifelong love of KU basketball while a student there.  He ultimately obtained his degree from Avila University in 1989. He worked at the IRS for nearly twenty-five years until his retirement in December of 2014.

Jim was certified SCUBA diver and a devout Jayhawk basketball fan. He loved to travel, and he never met a cookbook he didn’t want to sit down with and read cover to cover.

The celebration of life service will be held in the Prayer Garden at the Holmeswood Baptist Church at 9700 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO, 64131 at 5 PM on Sunday, February 22 with Pastor Pavel Horev officiating. The family will meet with friends from 6 PM to 8 PM at the church.


  1. Janie Fickel-Bush on February 18, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss Kristen.

  2. August Hahn on February 18, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    A life truly worth celebrating. He will be missed.

  3. Stephanie Shumate Thompson on February 18, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    So sorry for your precious loss. Thinking of you and your family at this sad and difficult time. Positive thoughts your way~ Stephanie Thompson

  4. Phyllis Mar on February 20, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    He was our favorite curmudgeon during his time at the IRS.

    I’m so sorry he didn’t have much time to enjoy his retirement.

  5. Mary Volle-Daily on February 20, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. When I started in adjustments, I was surprised to find someone there whose last name is Brouhard, since that is my grandmother’s maiden name. I told Jim this and he has called me Cuz ever since. Our families came from the same area in Iowa, so we are certainly related. He will be missed! Know that the family is in my prayers!

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