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James Leroy Brest

August 3, 1945 ~ October 28, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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James Brest Obituary

James Leroy Brest 78 of Andover, formerly of Middlefield, passed away Saturday October 28, 2023, at UH Geauga Medical Center.  He was born August 3, 1945, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to the late Walter J. and Juanita J. (Hogue) Brest.  He graduated from Chardon High School and attended Kent State University. James served in the US Army from 1967-1969.  He was a former member of Mapleview Church. A member, past Vice President and President of Middlefield Jaycees, a director, past Vice President and President of Middlefield Chamber of Commerce, past President of the East Geauga Kiwanis, and recently a Chaplin and member of the Fraternal Order of Andover # 4053 Eagles.  James worked as an Advertising Account Executive for the Geauga Times Leader in Chardon until it closed. He finished his work career, retiring from Truline Industries. He enjoyed camping and going to the campground’s dances.  

He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Ashley (Rick) Misterka of Willoughby, brother, Jerry (Diana) Brest of Windsor, grandchildren, Ricky and Jackson, niece, Brittany (Kegan) Harmes of Kansas, and a nephew, Jacob (Justin O’Dell) Brest of Warren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  

Memorial Calling hours will be held from 3:00 PM until his Military Honors Service at 4:00 PM, Saturday November 18, 2023, at the Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 W. High Street, Middlefield, Ohio 44062.  

Memorial Donation can be made in his name to Geauga County Veterans Food Pantry.
13211 Aquilla Rd B, Chardon, OH 44024

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Memorial Calling Hours
November 18, 2023

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sly Family Funeral Home
15670 W. High Street, PO Box 1275
Middlefield, OH 44062

Military Honors
November 18, 2023

4:00 PM
Sly Family Funeral Home
15670 W. High Street, PO Box 1275
Middlefield, OH 44062


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