Obituary

Donald R. Brackenbury

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died November 20th, 2015

Donald R. “Don” Brackenbury, 87, Escanaba, passed away on Friday afternoon, November 20, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

He was born on February 26, 1928 in Plymouth, MI, son of James A. and Lillian G. (Lancaster) Brackenbury. Don was raised in Rogers City where he graduated from high school and then later received his Bachelor of Science in Geology from Michigan State University.

Don served in the US Air Force from 1946 – 1949. He received the World War II Victory Medal.

On October 21, 1961 Don was united in married to Dolores “Lorrie” Frazier in Grand Rapids, MI.

In 1969, they relocated to Escanaba where he worked for the State of Michigan. He was a geologist for 35 years before his retirement.

Don was a lifetime member of Great Lakes Sports & Recreation Club, Delta County Amateur Radio Society, EAA Chapter 439 and the Escanaba Masonic Lodge. He was a ham operator, pilot, hunter and skin diver.

Among survivors include his wife, Lorrie of Escanaba; two sons, Michael Brackenbury of Escanaba and Timothy (Beverly) Brackenbury of Waupaca, WI; brother, Richard Brackenbury of Vermont; grandson, Allen Kemph; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Brackenbury.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 24th from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba.

Burial will follow in Naubinway, MI.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Brackenbury family.

2 Tributes to “Donald R. Brackenbury”

  1. I first met Don when he was doing his genealogy at the Latter Day Saints Family Library. We became good friends and would talk often about our ancestors and what we were doing. He was a good man and a good friend. I am sure he will be welcomed into the great Kingdom beyond (especially by his ancestors).

  2. Our condolences and love to the family. Al and I can’t make it there, but know that you will all be in our thoughts. I loved Uncle Don and his zest for life. He got me interested in rocks and fossils, skin diving, family history, and kayaking. I will miss him. Love to all.

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