James C. Brosseau, 71, a lifelong resident of North Riverside, died Nov. 16, 2012 after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Brosseau was raised in North Riverside, a village his grandfather helped establish in the late 19th century. His grandfather, Oscar Brosseau, was one of the first permanent settlers in North Riverside and a member of the Riverside Holiness Association, which established a settlement near 26th Street and Desplaines Avenue around 1890.

During the Vietnam War, Mr. Brosseau served in the U.S. Air Force in intelligence and information capacities. He was later appointed by President Ronald Reagan and President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Selective Service Board.

He was an editor for Billboard Publications, was an executive with the public relations firm Young & Rubicam and served as executive vice president of the North American Precis Syndicate for more than 35 years.

Mr. Brosseau was also active locally, serving on the police pension, North Riverside Mall security and scholarship boards in the village. He was also an avid Formula One car racer and instructor.

He was the husband of Carole Brosseau (nee Piha) and the father of Deborah L. Brosseau and Linda M. Brosseau.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Riverside, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven cemetery in Hillside.

Memorial donations are appreciated to the North Riverside Youth and Educational Scholarship Fund, 2401 Desplaines Ave., North Riverside, Ill. 60546.

Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, North Riverside, handled arrangements.