Eugene Brewster

Eugene Brewster

Eugene E. ‘Gene’ Brewster of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012 in Hospice care. Mr. Brewster was born May 20, 1921 in Otsego to Earl and Nettie (Meyle) Brewster.

In 1939 he graduated from Otsego High School. Eugene served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945, was a Postman for 31 years, part-time janitor for Otsego UMC for 31 years, parked cars at Plainwell sporting events for 15 years and worked for Winkel Funeral Home for 25 years. He was a life member of the Otsego Masonic Lodge, an active member of the Lions Club for 25 years, a life member of the Otsego United Methodist Church, and sat on the Otsego Planning Commission for 23 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking.

On November 29, 1941 in Kalamazoo he married the love of his life, Betty Jean Fetzer, who preceded him in death in 2005. Gene was also preceded in death by his parents, his son Robert Eugene Brewster in 1979; his sister and brother-in-law, Loretta and Arthur Kling.

Surviving are a son Timothy (Judy) Brewster of Otsego; 3 grandchildren, Mary Louise Brewster Brennan, Peter Leo Brewster and Amanda Marie Brewster; 5 great-grandchildren, Devon (Chelsey) Hicks, Sarah Brennan, Jordan Lee, Robert Brewster and Reese Lee; children of the heart, Terry McNees and Lynn Collins, Terri Lee Plotts, Ann and Ed Hill and Michelle McCloud; grandchildren of the heart, Tony (Sharla) McNees and Tim (Edi) McNees; great-grandchildren of the heart, Jerimiah Johnson and Talia (Caleb) Vanderveen, Lisa, Timmy and JaneAnn McNees; 1 great-great granddaughter of the heart, Laiyla Vanderveen; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may meet the family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the Otsego United Methodist Church, with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Interment with Military Honors by V.F.W. Post #3030 will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Gene may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or the Otsego United Methodist Church.

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  1. Lynn Anderson says:

    Tim, Judy, Mary L., Peter, Amanda and other family,

    Gene had a wonderful life and I know he is with many who have missed him in heaven (Betty and Bob especially). Though we all will miss him, it is great to know that one day we will all be together again and never have to part. My prayers and thoughts are with each of you. Along with some great memories.

    God Bless,
    Lynn and family

  2. Sarah Volker-Clemens says:

    Dear Brewster Family,
    Thinking of you as you go through this time of sadness, may it comfort you to know others are thinking of you all and keeping you in their prayers~!

  3. Jean & Terry Wolthuis says:

    Mary, Sarah, Devon & Chelsey – Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you go through the loss of your Grandfather. Mary – I know how very close you was to him and know this must be a very hard loss for you. Loving prayers are with you now and in the days ahead. With Sincere Sympathy – Jean

  4. Maggie Kling-Belknap says:

    Rest in Peace uncle gene and we all will miss u

  5. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Tim and Family. Please know that we are thinking of all of you and hoping that your fond memories will help you through your grief. Your Dad was a great guy and will be missed by so many people. I always enjoyed it when he would call and visit for a while. I will remember when he and my Dad were parking cars at the football games all those years and your Dad would walk down to the other end of the field where I was taking tickets just to say Hi, and my Dad would come down there at a different time of the evening, too, and bring me coffee. 🙂 You came down there with your Dad sometimes, too, Tim. I always enjoyed having you guys walk down there. 🙂
    We are so very sorry for your loss. You take care now.

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