Leland Brazee

Leland Brazee

Leland T. Brazee of Alamo, Michigan, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2012 in Kalamazoo. Mr. Brazee was born November 17, 1943 in Kalamazoo to Otis and Kathryn (Fuller) Brazee.

Lee was a Navy Seabees Veteran of the Vietnam War. He had been employed with Gibson Guitar and then for 32 years was employed with the Upjohn Co. For 30 years he served as a volunteer with the Alamo Fire Department. He was a lifelong hunter, enjoyed gardening and the out-of-doors and loved to help his family.

On June 19, 1999 in Otsego he married Jeanne (Stauffer) Goorhouse, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Rodney (Nancie) Brazee of Kalamazoo and Mark (Krista) Brazee of Alamo; step-children, Chad (Tina) Goorhouse of Cincinnati and Amy (Rob) Hicks of Mattawan; 10 grandchildren, Hayden, Logan, Tucker, Wyatt, Taylor, Jocelyn, Thomas, Caleb, Wyatt and Tabitha; two brothers, Walter (Judy) Brazee of Kalamazoo and Kenneth (Kate) Brazee of Casper, Wyoming; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Judy (Troutt) Brazee in 1998; and a sister, Mary Lou Sumner in 2005.

Friends may visit with his family from 1 to 4 P.M Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday at the United Methodist Church of Otsego, Pastor Bill Walker and Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by V.F.W. Post #3030. Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Lee may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Lauri Seibert Krueger says:

    My friends Rodney and Mark, my deepest and heartfelt sorrow at the passing of your dad. He was such a sweet and dear person. I have such wonderful memories of he and your mom while growing up and while we were together during swim season. My heart is with you and your families. XO

  2. Barbara Kochanczyk Michaels says:

    Thinking of the Brazee family at this most difficult time. Lee was a very special person; always something nice to say & always had a smile! Lee was also my mom’s, Dr Kochanczyk’s, last dental patient! After treating Lee, she retired. God Bless the Brazee family. We were all blessed by knowing Lee.

  3. Barbara Burrows says:

    Rodney and Mark, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Lee. He seemed to be a fun loving guy and a great friend to everyone. You will surely miss him, but try to remember the good times.

    We love you. Come see us—-

    Barbara Burrows and family

  4. Joyce (Burgess) Brown says:

    Jeanne My heart is saddened to hear of your loss. I will be lifting you up in prayer requests for strength and comfort.

  5. Jason and Kim Jacobs says:

    We are so deeply saddened at the loss of Lee. He was such a caring, kind man. We always enjoyed catching up with he and Jeanne whenever we saw them. We will be praying for all of you in the weeks and months to come.

  6. Don & Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut, Ligonier, IN says:

    We were sorry to learn of Leland’s passing. We were friends with the Brazee family for many years. May you find comfort through this difficult time by looking back at your many wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Jackie Shaffer Stineback says:

    I am so sad to hear about Lee. He always had a smile and gave me a hug. He will be missed! Prayers going to the family… It is so hard to lose a loved one.

  8. michael howard says:

    may you rest in peace fellow vet. it was my pleasure knowing you.

  9. Kathy Ransler says:

    Jeanie I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out Sun. nite late and wanted to let you know I won’t be able to be there Mon. for the funeral. I am so sorry. I am given you a big hug through this computer. I will be praying for you and your family. Love you, Kathy Ransler

  10. Tony and Mary Molis says:

    Jeannie, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are in Florida until April. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Tony and Mary

  11. Judy Harrison says:

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you today. Please know you and your family will be on my heart and in my prayers. So sorry you have to walk this grief another time. Hold tight to your faith and the wonderful memories.
    Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Jude 1:2

  12. Gene and Jan Rathgeb says:

    Dear Jeanne, Chad and Amy,

    Please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. We heard so many wonderful stories from Jerry and Bonnie about Lee as a part of your lives. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

    Gene, Jan, Dawn (Russ) and Brian Rathgeb

  13. Verlen & Judy Miller says:

    Jeanne and family – We were so sorry to hear the news. You are a special family and Lee was blessed to have you. So good to know he is with our Savior and Lord Jesus. Please know you are in our prayers for peace and comfort.

  14. Phyllis (Rector) Gary says:

    Jeannie and family, thinking of you at this difficult time. May God bless you in all the days ahead of you and give you comfort and peace. When your heart is empty, filling it with happy memories will help. With my deepest sympathy. Phyllis

  15. Kathi (Bushee) Brazee says:

    Bless you all….His great smile and personality will surely be missed..He truely touched lives with a special grace….Love you all, and Praying….

  16. Larry, Kerri & Shelby Ruehs says:

    Uncle Lee will be missed dearly. His antics to make you laugh will be forever in our hearts. His bear hugs and awesome smile was his signature to whom he was. Blessings to ALL of the family. God Speed Uncle Lee… You will be Missed by all.. Love to you Jeannie and family..

  17. Paul and Teri Snow says:

    To Lee’s family,

    I should have been there to weep with you but we found out too late. We are deeply saddened to hear of Lee’s passing and are thankful you had Lee for these years since he and I were in that terrible chemical explosion together in 1975. I guess Lee and I both cheated death on that day. I pray that God hastens the day when a thought or memory brings a smile and not a tear.

  18. Linda Rice Snider says:

    Ken and family
    Just saw the announcement about Lee’s passing. I’m so sorry and wanted you to know I’m thinking of you.

  19. June and Roger Kennedy says:

    I am sorry to here about Lee, we have known him for years, he was such a wonderful person, always had a smile. Lee was liked by everyone. If we were up there we would have come to the service, we are in FL
    June and Roger

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