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Bruce Allan Starkweather, 77, of Mackinac Island and Lowell, passed away early Sunday morning, December 31, 2017, at Trillium Woods, under the care of Faith Hospice and his family. The son of Earl & Elsie (Tissron) Starkweather, he was born on May 10, 1940 in Pontiac.

Bruce loved to spend his time with family and friends. He enjoyed golfing and camping, along with working seasonally on Mackinac Island for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Alice; son, Brad Starkweather; parents; brothers, Gary Starkweather and Kirk Starkweather; and sister, Sheryl Miles. Surviving him are his children, Brenda & Ray Jensen of Greenville, Brian Starkweather of Ionia, and Brent Starkweather of Lowell; siblings, Craig & Paula Starkweather, Suzanne & David Beute, and Ross Starkweather; sister-in-laws, Diane Starkweather and Rosie Starkweather.  grandchildren, Troy, Jason, Joseph, Kyle J., Danielle, Victoria, Keilen, Kevin, Kara, and Kyle S.; and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation with the family is from 10-11 am, Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Woodview Christian Church, 3785 Woodview Avenue SW, Wyoming, with a Celebration of Life beginning at 11:00 am. Pastor Jon Stadtner will officiate, with a luncheon to follow the service.

In lieu of flowers the family ask for contributions be made in Bruce's memory  to Woodview Christian Church.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Bruce's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. kathy on January 2, 2018 at 12:00 am

    so sorry for your loss bruce was an awesome guy I met him thru his brother gary
    he will be missed I was able to see him come in to mcdoanlds and for him to see Brenda and got to chat with him for a little bit

  2. Tim VanderVeen on January 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

    For some reason I was checking the obits in the Press today and came upon this notice of Bruce’s passing… It’s funny because last week I was remembering his baby blue ’57 Ford convertible and how he won a case in which he was accused of speeding. He cited the fact that his car stood out so much for other cars that he had been targeted while other cars sped along untouched.. Bruce was a good neighbor and friend. I remember he was the best worker for my dad when neighbor kids worked at folding the “Buyer’s Guide” when my father owned it. Bruce was a wiz.. He was a kind, bright, moral, and funny man. It is always sad when a friend’s life ends, but I am so happy I lived just down the block and he was a true friend of mine. Rest in Peace Bruce..

  3. Sharon Reurink on January 5, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bruce was a regular at our restaurant on Mackinac Island and we loved him. He enjoyed sharing what was going on in his life with us and we learned what good man he was by the way handled difficult times in his life. I will miss my first and last hugs of the season and singing old country music songs with him in the morning before we were open. He was an early bird and would joke that the reason he had to come in early was so he could retrain Donny how to cook eggs. Mackinac Island will not be the same for us without Brucy (my daughter called him that). Until we meet again my good friend….

  4. Jane (VanderVeen) Jarlsberg on January 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I too have fond memories of Bruce, his siblings and parents from the 50-60’s in Lowell. His family had more fun than us it seemed so i spent as much time there as i could. And Bruce was my first boyfriend at 14, but my father would not let me go to the movies with him until i was 15. and by then no one asked me. Bruce remained a friend until i moved out of MI. i am impressed with the large family he had around him. RIP Bruce! a good guy!

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