Bruce W. Bronkema

Bruce W. Bronkema

Bruce passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo.

He was born February 28, 1943 in Middleville to Henry “Bud” and Helen (Shaarda) Bronkema. He had worked at Rog and Bob’s in Otsego for several years and then spent 27 years working for Menasha as a millwright. Bruce enjoyed golf and was a member of Pairiewood Golf Course. He also liked drag racing, woodworking, and following the Detroit sports teams.

Surviving are his children, Mike (Jodie) Bronkema and Lori King; 5 grandchildren, Mike Bronkema, Kori Bronkema, Jeff Bronkema, Bryce Bronkema and Christofer King; 4 great-granddaughters, Trinity and Taryn Jenkins and Jaidyn and Jordyn Card, and brothers, Bob (Ann), Duane (Lynn) and Don Bronkema.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia in 2012, and by his sister Kay Bronkema-Darling.

Friends may visit with Bruce’s family Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 1-2 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Burial will take place at a later time at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Bruce may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

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  1. Ron Thaxton says:

    Mike & Family you’d Dad fought a long hard battle, between him and your Mom. He was a good Guy and we will all miss him. May my prayers & thoughts be with you at this time. Ron.

  2. Maryln Langeance says:

    So sorry for your loss. Bruce and Patti have always been good friends

  3. Mike and Agnes Vanarsdal says:

    Bob and Ann, so very sorry to read of Bruce’s passing. We are in Flordia, but will put a card in the mail. May God grace be with all who love Bruce.
    Love and hugs!

  4. Patricia "Leonard" Clingenpeel says:

    Bob, Don & Duane & family. Please accept my deepest
    sympathy for the loss of your brother. All of us go
    back 60 years or better to when we were all kids &
    playing together. Bruce was a wonderful guy. He
    will be dearly missed by one & all.
    May God Bless & be with you all..

    Pat “Leonard” Clingenpeel

  5. Rich & Judy Haugh says:

    Our sincere sympathies to Bob, Annie, and the entire family.

  6. Sue Higgs says:

    Sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. He was a great guy and had been a classmate. He will be missed

  7. Jim Survilla says:

    My condolences to all of Bruce’s family, I’m glad that I had a chance to speak with Bruce a few weeks ago and talk of old times, I considered Bruce an old friend from when the family lived on Orleans St.

  8. Ruth (Gould) King says:

    Finally peace!! What a great guy. Walked the graduation in ’61 with Bruce – been classmates and friends forever. Will miss his great attitude. My sympathies to his family.

  9. Johanna Sponable says:

    So sad to hear about Bruce. We were in the same homeroom all through grade school, and will always remember him as one of the nicest people.

  10. Jerry Howrigon says:

    Our prayers go out to all of the Bronkema family. Dinah and i last talked to Bruce at Meijer. A long conversation that we will now remember him by. Peace be with you!

  11. Lil ( Shaarda) Langan says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. May God comfort you at this time.

  12. Brooks Lamborn says:

    Sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. I really enjoyed my time spent with him golfing in the old lighthouse league when he teamed with Cliff. My deepest condolences to the family.

  13. Jim Hoffman says:

    Mike and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Dad was such a joy to know, always had such a positive attitude and spoke with such a soft easy going pace. What a great example for all of us guys to live by.Rest in peace my friend until we meet again!

  14. Tom Jarosch says:

    Mike, may God’s grace and peace be with you and your family through Christ our Lord. Mike, It was a pleasure working with you and your dad at the mill. I had great respect for Bruce’s knowledge and in site on the work we did. He saved us a lot of time and headaches and helped make things more reliable in the operation of the mill. I will miss him.

  15. Ben White says:

    Bronkema family; Bruce was well liked by all! Our thoughts are with you folks.He will be remembered.

  16. Rick Burd says:

    Mike, I was so blessed to have worked beside your Dad for so many years. He was an amazingly intelligent man, he tought me so much. There are so many things I remember about him, but I’ll never forget all the hard work we did together in the digester and all the golf lessons he gave me with a broomstick in the hallway of the digester. You and your family are in my prayers and may God reach down and touch you with his grace. Bruce was truly a great man and I will miss him always.

  17. Phyllis Taylor says:

    Bob and Ann, It is so hard to lose someone you love, Please know my thoughts are with you and your family.

  18. Cliff and Nora Haff says:

    To The Bronkema Families

    Bruce and Patti have always been our friends. Your Dad taught me the game of golf. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. Roger and Juli Currie says:

    Mike and family, We are so sorry for your loss. It is very hard when our parents leave us. We will all be together again someday. In the mean time just remember that they would want us to live happy and remember them often with fun stories and lots of laughter.

  20. Larry & Jo Bean says:

    Dear Mike & Lori, Biker & Marin, Jeff & Devin and Kori & family
    We are so sad that Bruce had to leave us here in this world, but he is definitely in a most wonderful home now in Heaven with his special Patty. We WILL see them both when our Holy God, Lord Jesus calls us HOME. We learned that they were Moose and Trishy to one another as we travelled throughout the southern USA with them in the past few years. The laughs and fun the four of us enjoyed in our travels is so precious to us. We can only imagine what joys Bruce is experiencing right now and probably he is arm in arm with his beautiful wife of 51 years. We are and will continue to pray for God’s comfort and strength for each of you now and always. May you feel His loving arms around you encouraging you to go on. . You are blessed–Bruce and Patty prepared you for such a time as this. Our wish for each of you is God’s peace that surpasses all understanding. Psalm 23, Isaiah 40:29-31, Romans 5, 1Corinthians 2:9 , John 3:16. . .Trust in HIM; all things are possible with HIM
    With sympathy & love, Jo & Larry

  21. carol Seekman says:

    I attended school and worked w/Bruce. I always enjoyed his sense of humor. He was an excellent golfer and truly loved the game. My thoughts & prayers are with his family.

  22. Beth Farho says:

    Mike & Lori and families – so sorry to hear of your loss! I fondly remember the days of baseball in your side yard (except for that black eye incident) and always thought your dad was so handsome and looked alot like Clint Eastwood. He and my dad taught me the game of golf that I love to this day. My clubs are Bruce Bronkema originals and they are the best present my parents ever gave me! I’ll think of your dad fondly everytime I swing a club. Hope you can find some comfort in memories of happier times. Our prayers are with you all.

  23. Jeff Burleigh says:

    Mike and family,

    Very sorry to hear the news about your father. I always enjoyed working with both of you during our years together at the mill. My deepest sympathies go out to you during this challenging time.

  24. Pete Loftus says:

    Mike and Family, I really enjoyed knowing your folks thru the years.
    Your dad was a great guy and a lot of fun to golf with.

  25. Howard & Jan Yake says:

    Our Sympathy & Love.

  26. Trinity Jenkins says: says:

    I am sorry papa mike, aunt Lori.

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