Mark J. Bronson

Mark J. Bronson

Mark passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at his home in Otsego due to complications of heart failure. He was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born October 19, 1953 in Plainwell the son of Elwin and Virginia (Campbell) Bronson. For 27 years Mark had worked as Deputy Sheriff for the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office. While on the force he also worked as a field training officer, as a detective and at KVCC Police Academy as a driving instructor. Mark was a member of the FOP, was named police office of the year and competed in the World Police and Fire Games.

He had been a president and vice president of the Escapes Chapter 6 RV Club. He had been a member of the Kalamazoo Valley Antique Engine and Machine Club, the South Kent Sportsman Club and the United Methodist Church of Otsego. Mark had written Buffy’s Byline for the Union Enterprise for many years.

He loved woodworking, duck hunting, fishing with his grandchildren, shooting, working on tractors with his grandson Tyler, attending tractor shows, cooking, traveling and taking trips up north. Mark had an infectious laugh and loved his family and friends. One of the many highlights of the past year was being able to celebrate his 65th birthday with over 300 of his family and friends.

On December 3, 1971 at Trowbridge Methodist Church he married Sherri Keim, his wife of 46 years, who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Joseph (Kecia) Bronson of Otsego and Sarah (Chris) Lake of Maryland; grandchildren, Tyler, Travis, Lauren, Alie and Parker; he was a beloved brother to Michael (Judy) Bronson and Mary (Randy) Lober; sister-in-law, Jeanie Volker; brother-in-law, Mark Keim; many nieces and nephews; special cousins and dear family friend, Dale Minegar.

He was preceded in death by his parents and niece, Lorie Volker.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at Trowbridge Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Mark may be made to the Otsego Public Schools Foundation for the Lorie Volker Honey Badger Scholarship, Otsego United Methodist Church or to Wings of Hope Hospice.

Messages of condolence may be posted at

Print Obituary & Condolences Print Obituary & Condolences

Offer Condolence for the family of Mark J. Bronson

Messages of Condolence

  1. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Family of Mark,
    We send many prayers and our love to you! Please know that Mark is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you! We are praying that all of your memories you have will comfort you.

  2. Tracie Long says:

    Another bright light has been dimmed, far to many this year, we’ve known each other a long time. Sheri, Please know you are in my heart… Love you

  3. Trisha Hadfield says:

    Sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers.

  4. Morgan and Laura Sullivan says:

    Praying for peace and strength as you go through this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal says:

    My deepest sympathy to all the Bronson Family!
    Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal

  6. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Family of Mark,
    We send our love and prayers to all of you! Please know that Mark is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you! Remember your memories; they will comfort you!

  7. Jonica (Dendel) Hindenach says:

    My condolences to the family. We love you guys (Sherri) n family. Lots of love n prayers

  8. Don McGehee says:

    Sad to read that Mark has passed but also glad to know he is in a better place and at peace. Mark was among the best I have ever worked with.

  9. Judy Hiemstra-Bronson says:

    My love prayers to rhe family. Mark will truly be missed.

  10. Chuck and Helen Setter says:

    Joe and Kevin and all of the family, we are so sorry. He was a wonderful man.

  11. Mike Mulligan says:

    What a wonderful opportunity we had to celebrate Mark and his 65th birthday, we are sad but happy he is no longer suffering and is now with his lord. To my fellow deputy, friend, and fellow Otsego boy you lived your life well and have left a legacy of a job well done.

  12. rick mary howrigon says:

    Sherri and Family
    Sending our Thoughts and Prayers to All of You. Always enjoyed talking with Mark

  13. Dawn ( Vernia) Koerts says:

    Mark was our neighbor on Allegan St. His laugh and kindness will always be remembered. I can still see him and his Dad out in the yard working on their collection of tractors!

  14. Ellyn Deneau says:

    Mark Bronson was an amazing man, I didn’t know him for very long, but he left an amazing impression on my life, and heart. He was always looking out for the good of everyone around him. He took the lead in getting our safety team implemented at our church and did it
    with a smile and a kind word. He will be missed. I am glad I got the chance to get to know him, even if it was for a short time.
    My condolences to Sherrie and their family.

  15. Becky Halloran says:

    Sherri & Family may you know how many friends Mark had through all these years. He was always a strong honest Man to all he met. He will be missed by more people then you will ever know. GOD called him home & we will all miss him but will keep him in our memories forever.

  16. Barbara Harmon(Draper) says:

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Love and hugs being sent your way.

  17. Scott and Lisa Corbin says:

    Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  18. Josephine Pape says:

    So very sorry to hear about about Mark’s passing. Such a kind and gentle soul. I’m sure God has big plans for him in his new home.
    Prayers for your family during this difficult time.

  19. Richard Van Oosterum says:

    Condolences to the Bronson family and friends in the passing of Mark. Always enjoyed working with Mark.
    Ret. Asst Chief R. J. Van Oosterum Comstock Fire & Rescue

  20. Billy Shearer says:

    Sherri and family, I am so sorry for your loss and will miss Mark’s visits to my office. Praying for peace in your hearts.

  21. Tim & Theresa Campbell says:

    Sending pur prayers and love. Mark will be very much missed. Mark smile was always welcoming even before he said Hello.

  22. Ron Campbell says:

    I always looked up to Mark. He was my ” older cousin ” but always took time for me. Kept me on the right path. I will miss him greatly. I know that the Lord has already welcomed him.

  23. Don Lavender says:

    I grew up with you, Sherri. Scott, Jeanie and Mark. Just around the bend on N 10th Street. I’m very moved with compassion at the loss of your husband. He sounds like a wonderful, caring and compassionate man.
    I pray The Lord gives you strength for the days ahead. Love is a wonderful gift. I think of your family as I spent a lot of time at your home on Baseline Rd. as a kid.

  24. Sue Lindsey says:

    Mary and Randy….So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing….My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time…..hold on to the memories….they will help you get through….he is with God now and no more suffering…..God has gained another great man in his army of angels !! Please remember I am here for you my friends…Love and hugs to you !

  25. Sue Parsons says:

    Sherri, and family so sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you.

  26. Carrie Curtiss says:

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  27. Pam Patenaude says:

    Mark was such a joy, he always brought a smile to me. Can’t really find the right words. Just remember all the love he had for everyone. Keeping Sherri, and ALL of you in my prayers. Sending love and hugs.

  28. Dennis Hiemstra says:

    To Sherri and all of Mark’s family, my covedndolences for the loss of one so loved.

  29. Lisa and John Riston says:

    Joe, Kecia and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Lots of prayers and hugs coming your way.
    Lisa and John

    Mary and Randy, Our hearts are with you as you go through the heartache of your loss. Love you both John and Lisa

  30. Paul & Patti Koestner says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Mark. We will continue to keep all of you in our prayers.

    With Sincere Sympathy,
    Paul & Patti Koestner

  31. Yvonne Keep says:

    Mark will live on in the hearts of many.
    My condolences, Sherri to you and your family.

  32. Wendy Stafford says:

    Sherri, Joe, Kecia, Sarah, Chris, and kids, Mark was many things to many of us in the community, but so much more to all of you. Holding you close in thoughts and prayers as you go through this transition. May God grant you peace and grace.

  33. Charles and Natalie McKelvy says:

    Mary and Randy,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We send you our condolences. What a grief.

    Charley and Natalie

  34. timothy brewster says:

    I do not know why his life was cut short, he had so much to give. He did a lot for the Otsego United Methodist Church. He Joel coming to the Methodist men group on Thursday morning an talked about that he found God. He helped out with other thing at the church to. Maybe God needed help in heaven. Mark will be missed.

  35. Annie (Wallace) Koehrn says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Mark, he was a great man to all. Whenever I’d see him he was always smiling.. Rest in piece

  36. Matthew Wilton says:

    Bronson Family: Please know prayers are being said to uplift your spirit, for peace, strength, and comfort for you all. Mark was just such a pleasure to be around and I will treasure his service and presence always.

  37. Jo Bill says:

    Sherri & Bronson family … My heart hurts for you all, but yet smiles because Mark is no longer in pain and left knowing how much he was loved. I am going to miss our lunches, dinners and FB friendship so much. I’m sending HUGS to you, Sherri, and hope we can still get together from time-to-time.

  38. Bill & Brenda Standish says:

    What a great man and good friend. Mark will leave a big foot print in the hearts of everyone who knew him. Sherri and his family have some great memories to cherish. We send our blessings to you all.

  39. Sally Thaxton says:

    Thoughts and prayers to Marks family. Always will remember his kindness.

  40. Glen Bacon says:

    So Sorry to here about Marks passing… I went through the police academy with him and because I was young , Mark always looked out for me… Joe and other family members stay strong and; know that Mark did in fact make a difference! Most sincere prayers… Glen Bacon

  41. Glen Bacon says:

    I went through the police academy with Mark back in 1976….. being a young recruit… “ Mark” always looked out for me…. Mark was a Stand up guy…He made a difference and leaves a Legacy …
    Most Respectfully
    Glen Bacon

  42. Carol Watson says:

    Sherry and family I am so sorry for the loss of Mark he was a fun loving guy whom will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  43. Gayle Veld-Sanders says:

    My sympathy to the family.

  44. Roger & Carol Brock says:

    Joe & Family Please know that you & your family are in our prayers! We are sorry for your loss.

  45. Ron Mayo says:

    I am proud and humbled to have known and been a friend of Mark. Thank you, Lord, for sharing him with us. Sherri, sending prayers your way.

  46. Jon & Christine Campbell says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  47. Jason Stuart (BARS Security) says:

    I will miss him.

  48. Dave & Jamie Brock says:

    Joe & Family – We are so very sorry for your loss. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and close to our hearts.

  49. Carla Pond Counterman says:

    Condolences to the entire family and friends of Mark. Will sure miss his gentle ways.

  50. Ellyn Deneau says:


    My Condolences to you and your family… I got to know Mark when he
    lead the Safety team here at church, he was a sweet and gentle soul and I wish I had more time to know him. He radiated kindness and always seemed to be looking out for everyone.

    Our Hearts our with you and your family.

    Ellyn and Jim Deneau

Please share your thoughts ...

  • How do I send condolences?

    At the bottom of this page, you will find a condolence form. You will need to fill out some basic information prior to typing your message. (We will not share your e-mail address with anyone)

    Once you are finished, simply click the submit condolence button. Within 24 hours the condolence will be approved before it is published to the web site.

    We also provide a Tell-A-Friend feature located directly below these instructions. This form allows you to send the obituary to a friend. This is particularly helpful to someone who may live out of town.

  • Share This Obituary

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.