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Michael D. Bronson

Mike passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo from complications of heart and kidney failure and COPD.

He was born on August 12, 1947 in Plainwell, the son of Elwin and Virginia (Campbell) Bronson. Mike proudly served his country in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War where he received a Purple Heart Medal. For many years he had worked at Parker Hannifin.

Mike was a devoted Detroit Lions and Tigers fan and enjoyed motorcycles, wood carving and model planes. He was also active in the VA program for those suffering from PTSD, he received help for himself and he was able to be a mentor for others.

On April 11, 2006 he married Judith Hiemstra who survives.

Also surviving are his son, Paul Bronson and granddaughter, Hollieh Bronson. Mike was cared for in his later years by Allison Whitmore who was like a daughter to him. He is the beloved brother to Mary (Randy) Lober and Sherri Bronson, Uncle to Joe (Kecia) Bronson and Sarah (Chris) Lake and great uncle to 5 great- nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his cat, Festus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Mark Bronson.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial celebration and burial of ashes at Fort Custer National Cemetery will take place at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Mike may be made to the

Vietnam Veterans of America


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Charlie and Pam McQueer

December 26, 2018 at 3:46 pm

What a blessing it was to have known Mike. Throughout the years our friendship grew and it was very clear that he was very loyal to his friends. His humor and his laughter always brought us joy. We will miss him and grateful for his love. Our thoughts and prayers to the Bronson family, as yet another loss. R.I.P Mikey

Love Charlie and Pam


Barbara Harmon(Draper)

December 26, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Rest in peace Mike. You will be missed by many. Your smile and laugh will be with us always.


Allison Whitmore

December 26, 2018 at 7:29 pm

Mike is absolutely amazing and I’m so blessed I got to be apart of his life. He will be missed dearly and will remain in my heart forever. Love that stubborn lovable man so much!


Sue Lindsey

December 26, 2018 at 9:38 pm

Mary and Randy…so sorry to hear of your brothers passing… thoughts and prayers are with you at this time as you suffer yet another loss in your family…always keep the memories close…. Love and hugs to you my friend….


The Vadens

December 27, 2018 at 8:16 am

A sweet teddy bear of a man who always had a smile for me and his laugh was infectious. Way too many losses for this wonderful family in the last few years. Our hearts hurt for all of you. Heavens table is filling up and I’m sure the holidays were joyful there.


Tim and Marcia Quigley

December 27, 2018 at 10:13 am

Dear Mary and Family,

We are praying for all of you and we send our love! May your memories of your brother stay close in your heart!


Arch & Sandy

December 27, 2018 at 11:15 am

Dear Judy and Family,

So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. We will be praying for God’s comfort to surround you.

I have so many fond memories of Mike, during our High School years.


Joyce Hiemstra Hunt

December 27, 2018 at 1:17 pm

To my sister Judy and the rest of the Bronson family. I am so very sorry for your loss. My love and prayers go out to each of you. May your memories help you heal in time.


Tim & Theresa Campbell

December 27, 2018 at 4:21 pm

Dearest Mary and family

Mike was a great guy. Over mother cycling with in the past years. Ike his brother Mark a smile that to lite up the room and everyone the knew him. He will be miss be missed by everyone. God Bless.


Lee and Diane Boysen

December 27, 2018 at 6:55 pm

Sherri, Mary and families. We are so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. You have had so much loss in such a short span of time. Our hearts go out to you and our prayers go up for you and your loved ones during this most difficult time.


Sooze Widmer

December 27, 2018 at 7:20 pm

You are at peace Mike, May you soar high with the angels. You will be missed. Judy sorry for your loss.


Richard J. Hiemstra

December 27, 2018 at 7:23 pm

To Mary and Randy Lober and Judy Hiemstra Bronson, Please accept my deepest condolences on the list of Mike . Didn’t know much of him but I’m sure he brought a lot of love and joy to those who knew him . May God be with you and bless you during these emotional times of sorrow . I know Mike is with God in heaven and I know he would want you all to live your lives to the fullest . May God bless all of you !


Carol Hiemstra-Paez & Juan

December 27, 2018 at 9:01 pm

Judy we are very sorry for your loss.


Don & Sherry (Meacham) Hurlbut

December 28, 2018 at 10:41 am

Dear Judy, Mary and Family: We were so saddened to learn of Mike’s passing. Mike was a friend for many, many years. His laughter, which was often, was infectious. As stated above, Mike came home from Vietnam with PTSD, as did numerous men and women serving in Vietnam. Mike worked hard at overcoming that illness. Judy, Mary and Family, may your memories help you through the difficult times and we will continue to pray for you.

Mike, you left a huge spot in many hearts, which will remain there forever. Rest In Peace, dear friend. We love you!❤️


Wendy Hendricks Moyer

December 28, 2018 at 2:40 pm

My heart breaks to hear this news. When I was a little girl Mike was one of my sister Pam’s friends – and a favourite of mine! He was so much fun and so funny. I have fond memories of him. My condolences to Judy and his family. May God comfort you all.


Lani Hendricks-Poynter

December 28, 2018 at 3:07 pm

I am so saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. He was one of a kind, and we are all better for having known him. He and Pam are surely having a great reunion in heaven. My thoughts and prayers winging to all of Mikes family and friends. RIP, “Reggie!”


Sue Parsons

December 29, 2018 at 6:50 pm

Sherri and family I’m sorry to have learned of your loss. My thoughts go out to you and your family.


Lonnie and Carol Hampton

December 29, 2018 at 7:26 pm

To Judy and family, Very sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. We were classmates, friends, and co-workers. Remember all the good times we had playing pool and hill climbing with our Motorcycles. Especially grateful too for serving our country as a proud military man. He will be missed. May you rest in

Peace, Mike. I will miss u. You were a special friend. Lonnie Hampton


Stella Waller

December 29, 2018 at 8:58 pm

Sherri and the entire Bronson family, I am so sorry to hear about yet another family loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you say good bye to Mike!


Nyla Merrill

December 31, 2018 at 2:39 pm

To the Family of Mike Bronson:. I was shocked and saddened to see your family has suffered yet another huge loss. I think God must need some good company as he sure has some with the Bronson boys! Another great smile and gentle soul. My fondest memory of Mike was hiding out in Mary’s room on a Friday night after Otsego lost the football game! Mike was not a good loser! RIP Mike.


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