Obituary for Thomas Max Willbrandt

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Thomas Max Willbrandt

May 19, 1946 - May 18, 2017

Thomas Max Willbrandt, 70, of Muskegon, and formerly of Decatur, MI where he was a celery farmer for many years, passed away on May 18, 2017.

Tom was born to Doris (Barrett) and the late G. William Willbrandt on May 19, 1946 in Muskegon.  He was married to the former Susan Glasen, now of Chino Valley, AZ for 33 years.  Together they raised 3 children: 2 daughters, Bonnie (Charlie) Adams and Becky (Bud) Makay of Decatur and one son, William (Clark Burkle) of East Lansing, MI.

He is survived by his mother, of Holland, MI, his children, and his former wife, along with 5 grandchildren: Tara (Grant) Cropsey of Marcellus, MI, Greg (Melinda) Adams of Niles, MI, and Brent, Blake, and Baylee Makay all of Decatur, 3 great-grandchildren: Keagan, Jonathan, and Harmony Cropsey, and 2 step great-grandchildren, Jamie and Allison Wyant .  Tom is also survived by one Aunt, Gladys Loomis of Muskegon, one Uncle, David Barrett of Chula Vista, CA, his brothers Barry, Brian, and Doug, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and loving members of their families.

Visitation will be held at the Starks Family Funeral Home – Newell Chapel in Decatur on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 5-8 PM.  There will be a Memorial Celebration at the Decatur VFW, 506 N Phelps St., Decatur, MI, at Noon on Friday, May 26. Those wishing to send condolences or sign the guest book online may do so at The family is being served by The Sytsema Funeral Home of Muskegon and Starks Family Funeral Home of Decatur.


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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Newell Chapel


83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Service Information

Date: Friday, May 26, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm



506 N. Phelps St.
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Born: May 19, 1946
Died: May 18, 2017

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