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Ralph Wayne “Bill” Brabaw

June 16, 1938 December 24, 2018
Ralph Wayne “Bill” Brabaw
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Ralph Wayne “Bill” Brabaw, 80, of Midland, died Monday evening, December 24, 2018 at the MidMichigan Medical Center. He was born June 16, 1938 in Midland, son of the late Ralph and Adaline (Noyes) Brabaw. Bill was a 1956 graduate of Midland High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps for 6 years. On October 2, 1970 he married the former Judith Moe in Midland. Bill was employed at The Dow Corning Corporation as a Millwright, retiring there after more than 25 years of service. After his retirement he went on to work with the Village of Sanford in the Parks Department. He was an active member of the Open Door Baptist Church. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing and classic cars, especially his El Camino. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his loved ones. He loved being active in their lives and attending every one of his children and grandchildren’s events.


In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his children and their spouses, Barbara (Lawrence) Rapson, Steve (Tina) Mapes, Laura (Tim) Warmbier, Kelli Floyd, Wayne (Buffy) Brabaw, Russell (Janette) Mapes, William (Sandi) Brabaw, and Carrie Guettler; twenty two grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren, and his brothers and sisters, Frances Beadle, Alice Moe, Patricia Boring, Richard (Connie) Brabaw, Jane (Ralph) Coldewe, Ned (Sheri) Brabaw, and Joan Lovelace. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his grandson, Timothy Floyd and brothers, James Brabaw and Robert Brabaw.

Funeral Services will take place at 12 noon Monday, December 31, 2018 from the Open Door Baptist Church, 6200 Sturgeon Ave. Pastor Jody Ellis will officiate. Bill’s family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the services. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Open Door Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors.


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11:00 AM 12/31/2018 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 12/31/2018 12:00:00 PM
Open Door Baptist Church

6200 Sturgeon Avenue
Midland, MI 48640

Open Door Baptist Church
6200 Sturgeon Avenue Midland 48640 MI
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Monday

31

Dec

12:00 PM 12/31/2018 12:00:00 PM
Open Door Baptist Church

6200 Sturgeon Avenue
Midland, MI 48640

Open Door Baptist Church
6200 Sturgeon Avenue Midland 48640 MI
US

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Open Door Baptist Church

6200 Sturgeon Avenue
Midland, MI 48640
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