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Wayne D. Bare, “Bare” age 73, of Portage, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2015 surrounded by family at home. He was born on November 05, 1941 in Sturgis to Jacob & Mildred (Lash) Bare. He retired from Aero- Motive Mfg. after 34 years as a warehouse attendant. An avid NASCAR fan, Jimmie Johnson was his favorite driver. Bare was also very proud of his yard, he worked many hours making sure that their lawn and garden was perfect. Pat and Bare would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on August 21st. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his loving wife, Patty; daughter, Melissa Bare; two sisters, Patty Waterbury of S.C., and Marie Collins of N.M.; two grandchildren, Sophia, and Donte; and two sister- in-laws, Dianne (Bill) Kiewiet, and Gail (Dave) Bratt, as well as several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Bronson Athletic Club, 6789 Elm Valley Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 at 1:00pm in Conference Room 2. A luncheon will follow this service.
Take I-94 W to 9th Street (Oshtemo exit). Turn south. Just past the next light, turn right at THE GROVES INDUSTRIAL PARK. Take the first left to the Athletic Club.
Or: Take 131 South to I-94 W to 9th Street (Oshtemo) and follow above directions.

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Kathy Hageman on August 18, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Pat and Missy – All my love and prayers in this difficult time. Bare will be missed and he has left a hole in your lives. Fill it with as many good and happy memories that you can. Love Kathy

  2. Karen Frakes Marshall on August 20, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Patty, I am so very sorry to hear about Bare. I remember all the stories you used to tell about him while you were training me @ WL-Molding. You two had a very special kind of love.

  3. Bill And Joyce Gansen on August 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

    How well I remember all the times Bare stopped by the store so we could solve all the worlds problems.

  4. Doug and Jane Veech on August 22, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Our sincerest sympathies. God
    Bless You Patty and family.

  5. Kelly Kester on August 24, 2015 at 10:52 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  6. Noralyn Pridgeon on August 25, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    I was so surprised to hear of Bare’s passing. He will be missed. Thinking of all of you.

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