James “Jim” Lee Brinkman, 71, of Benwood, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at (WVU) Wheeling Hospital of Wheeling, WV.

He was born on September 27, 1950 to James and Gertrude “Ruth” (Ehler) Brinkman in Wheeling, WV.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother Charles “Bill” Brinkman and sister, Hannah Jo Goundry.

Jim held many positions during his life, he was a teacher and coach for the Marshall County School District and for the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District, he was a Facilitator / Coordinator for RESA – 6, a child care worker for St. John’s Home for Children and for the Samaritan House, an assistant and interim administrative director for the Northern Regional Juvenile Detention Facility.

He was an avid fisherman, as well as a hunter of deer, grouse, and turkey. He enjoyed time at his cabin that he named “Full Curl” that he built on Fish Creek, West Virginia. He also enjoyed spending time at Wheeling Downs.

Jim was a successful football player who started his football career in the fifth grade. This led to Jim’s coaching career throughout his life. During his time at Wheeling High School, Jim was a quarterback. Jim continued his football career as a quarterback and defensive end at West Liberty State College. After college, Jim was a defensive end for the Ohio Valley Panthers, and he also took pride in playing softball into his 40’s. In his spare time, Jim loved to travel with his wife Linda.

James is survived by his wife Linda (Mikasen) whom he married on August 11, 1990, three brothers: Michael L. Brinkman, Steven Edward Brinkman, and Bruce Joseph (Joey) Brinkman, all of Benwood, WV; two sister-in-laws, Karen (David) Anderson of Pickerington, OH, Tamara Jo Brinkman of Moundsville, WV ; three nieces: Alexis, Brittany, Lauren; a nephew, Jordan; and two uncles, Charles E. (Sharen) Ehler of Wheeling, WV and John Pennacchio of Weirton, WV. He is also survived by other extended family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and then again from 4:00 pm until the time of Vigil Service at 7:15 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Homes Benwood – McMechen Chapel 214 Marshall Street McMechen, WV 26040. The family kindly requests that masks be worn if you are not fully vaccinated.

Visitation will continue on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Altmeyer Funeral Homes Benwood – McMechen Chapel from 11:00 am until time of mass of Christian Burial at St. John Catholic Church in Benwood, WV at 12:00 noon with Father Doney Chacko as celebrant.

Inurnment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, WV.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Easter Seals at TMCFunding.com or through envelopes that are provided at the funeral home in memory of Jim Brinkman.

Altmeyer Funeral Home – Benwood – McMechen Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Brinkman family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.AltmeyerFuneralHomes.com