Larry Bronson

Larry Bronson

Larry L. Bronson of Portage, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo. Larry was born August 28, 1938 in Plainwell to Rev. Lloyd and Ica (Covault) Bronson. He grew up on the Bronson farm in Trowbridge Twp. and graduated from Otsego High School in 1956. In 1960 he received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and earned his PhD. in 1970 from Rutgers University. He was a professor of Medieval History first at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and then from 1967 to 1997 at Central Michigan University. After his retirement he moved to Florida in 2005 until moving back to this area in 2011.

Surviving are a brother, George E. (Ann) Bronson of Kalamazoo; two nieces, Amanda (Jon) Ferris of California and Suzanne Bronson of Kalamazoo; a grand niece and nephew, Jonathan Ferris of California and Jessica (Joe) Gazsi and their daughter, Penny, of California; many cousins; and special friends, Carole and Charles Muller and family, Leslie Nettie all of Florida, Mrs. Carol Overley and Mrs. Louise Harvey both of Kalamazoo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family wishes to express their thanks to the staffs at Bickford Assisted Living and Rose Arbor Hospice for their loving care.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with Pastor Steve Johnson officiating. Burial of ashes will be at Trowbridge Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice or Portage Bickford Assisted Living.

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  1. Janna Ritter says:

    I miss Larry dearly. His wit, his intelligence, his crooked smile, and his ever devoted brother George and sister-in-law Ann. Deepest sympathy from your Bickford family.

  2. Suzanne Hall says:

    i am so sad to hear Larry has passed. My heart felt thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy. Suzanne Hall

  3. Ron Emery says:

    I was looking at old Birthday cards – and found several from Larry – we both have birthdays in August – sent cards back and forth. I decided to look him up on the internet and found his obituary. I was a teaching assistant at CMU for my Master’s. My partner, Stan, and I have visited Larry & Norm a few times over the years. What about his partner, Norm – is Norm still alive? Sorry to hear of Larry’s passing.

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