May 4, 1917 - October 19, 2013
DeArle Jay Brugger, 96, of Marysville, formerly of Lenawee County, Michigan, was called home Saturday, October 19, 2013 at The Inn at Halcyon Village surrounded by his loving family. He retired from Clinton Community Schools in 1979 where he served as maintenance supervisor. Prior to that, he was a farmer and operated a dairy farm near Tipton, Michigan. In his retirement, he enjoyed several other “hands on” occupations. He and his first wife, Helen, were active members of Tecumseh Friends Church in Tecumseh, MI, where they were involved with children’s ministries through Lay Witness Missions. Following Helen’s death, he married Lucille Green. They lived in Bradenton, Florida for ten years and later moved to Marysville. During their years together, they impacted many lives through church and other organizations. They enjoyed their golden years together with family and friends, enriching lives as they went. He was born May 4, 1917 in Ottawa Lake, Michigan to the late Ezra Daniel and Minnie Louise Ferow Brugger. On June 23, 1939, he married Helen Lucille King. She preceded him in death on January 21, 1981. He was also predeceased by two daughters, Joyce Willett and Madeline Thompson; three sons-in-law, Kenneth Emery, Rev. Douglas Thompson and John Willett; two sisters, Betty Harper and Valdine Kidd; and a grandson, John Lee Logan. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Weiser Green Brugger, whom he married November 29, 1981 in Marysville; four children, Lois (Arnie) Sayler of Tecumseh, Ken (Patti) Brugger of Hudson, MI, Carolyn (Rob) Mills of Deerfield, MI and Dennis (Janet) Brugger of Adrian, MI; three step-children, Carolyn (Jim) Sommers of Greene, OH, Gene (Sheila) Green of Akron and Harold (Bonnie) Green of Marysville; his grandchildren, James (Kay) Logan, Jayne Logan, Janet (Jon) Benjamin, Jon (Hillary) Willett, Jodi (Jason) Schoonover, Heidi (Jon) Henzi, Joseph (Melanie) Brugger, Elisabeth (Adam) Gust, Beth Mills, Isaac (Kate) Brugger, Genavieve Brugger, Jacob Brugger, Eric (Michelle) Sommers, Shaun (Tami) Sommers, Chadd (Amy) Sommers, Debbie (John) Houdeshell, Paul (Laurel) Green, Becky (Mike) Pallotta, Lori (Ron) Penrod, Sonny (Dee Dee) Green and Lisa (Jack) Marshall; 45 great grandchildren; two brothers, LeRoy (Marge) Brugger of Tecumseh, MI and Leon Brugger of Adrian, MI; a sister-in-law, Velda Allen of Marysville; a brother-in-law, Lowell (Donna) Weiser of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives. A Celebration of Life service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Underwood Funeral Home where the family will receive friends one hour prior. Pastor Jerry McQueen will officiate. Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2013 at Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian, MI where Celebration of Life services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will take place at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice, 779 London Avenue, Marysville, Ohio 43040. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwood16.wpengine.com.
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