Breeden Memorial Service:

8/13/2014 memorial Service

James Kenneth Breeden

September 1, 1948 :: Niagara Falls, NY
Passed Away:
August 4, 2014 :: Colorado Springs, CO

James Kenneth Breeden, 65, of Rockrimmon, passed away August 4, 2014, as a result of a car accident on his way to work. He was born on September 1, 1948 in Niagara Falls, NY to L.D. Breeden and Christine Breeden Guard. He served as a grunt in the 3rd Battalion 5thMarines 1st marine division during the Vietnam War from 1967-70, fighting in the Tet Offensive. He married Sandra Messick Breeden of Ellicott City, Maryland on June 23, 1985. They celebrated 29 years of marriage this summer. Jim made a successful career in hospitality, working his way from bartending to hotel management, most recently working as the General Manager of the Marriott Hotel in Colorado Springs. He was a well-loved and celebrated manager, recognized by Marriott International for the Mustang award for his role in evacuating the hotel during the Waldo Canyon fire in 2012. He was active in the Colorado Springs community, serving as President of the Pikes Peak Lodging Association for six years and as treasurer of the Colorado Springs Visitors Bureau for four years. He often mentored local business owners and professionals in the community. Jim had many interests, including driving his Jeep, hiking, mountain biking, cooking, enjoying fine wines and great beers, telling amazing stories, and spending time with his wife and daughters. A regimented man, he read his Bible and worked out nearly every day. Jim is survived by his beloved wife and three children: Madeleine Einfalt, Marguerite Breeden and Mackenzie Breeden, of Colorado Springs. He is also survived by his mother and father-in law, Lewis and Patricia Messick of Colorado Springs, his brother, Lenny Breeden of Niagara Falls, NY, and his son-in-law, Jesse Einfalt. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 13th at 4:00 at the Colorado Springs Marriott. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Home Front Cares, a donation that cares for Veterans and their families. Donations can be given in Jim Breeden’s name via


2 Responses to James Kenneth Breeden

  1. Neil Christian says:

    To the family of Jim Breeden, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences and sympathy for your loss. I had the wonderful and memorable opportunity to work under Jim’s leadership when he was the General Manager at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Richmond VA several years ago. Earlier this year I reconnected with Jim via email and what a delight it was to correspond and share updates on our lives and kids. We shared fond memories of having cold beverages after work and what a good time we had working together. Sandy, you and the girls have every right to be proud of Jim as a husband, father, provider and dedicated family man and I know he will be missed. I hope you find comfort in knowing that he loved God, family, and country and that his spirit will live within your hearts for eternity. I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with him and under his leadership! Please know that when the condolence cards are put away, the phone calls stop coming and the visitors stop coming by, God will be there to comfort you and give you strength. Put your trust in him for he knows how to ease your pain. I will keep you in my prayers and thanks for sharing Jim with me and many others, he will remain in my memories! Neil Christian

  2. Kim Burd says:

    To The Family: Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May you find a measure of comfort knowing that very soon God promises to end suffering and also “death will be no more”. (Revelation 21:3,4)

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