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Mark J. Bronson

Otsego - Mark passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at his home in Otsego due to complications of heart failure. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 19, 1953 in Plainwell the son of Elwin and Virginia (Campbell) Bronson. For 27 years Mark had worked as Deputy Sheriff for the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office. While on the force he also worked as a field training officer, as a detective and at KVCC Police Academy as a driving instructor. Mark was a member of the FOP, was named police office of the year and competed in the World Police and Fire Games. He had been a president and vice president of the Escapes Chapter 6 RV Club. He had been a member of the Kalamazoo Valley Antique Engine and Machine Club, the South Kent Sportsman Club and the United Methodist Church of Otsego. Mark had written Buffy’s Byline for the Union Enterprise for many years. He loved woodworking, duck hunting, fishing with his grandchildren, shooting, working on tractors with his grandson Tyler, attending tractor shows, cooking, traveling and taking trips up north. Mark had an infectious laugh and loved his family and friends. One of the many highlights of the past year was being able to celebrate his 65th birthday with over 300 of his family and friends. On December 3, 1971 at Trowbridge Methodist Church he married Sherri Keim, his wife of 46 years, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Joseph (Kecia) Bronson of Otsego and Sarah (Chris) Lake of Maryland; grandchildren, Tyler, Travis, Lauren, Alie and Parker; he was a beloved brother to Michael (Judy) Bronson and Mary (Randy) Lober; sister-in-law, Jeanie Volker; brother-in-law, Mark Keim; many nieces and nephews; special cousins and dear family friend, Dale Minegar. He was preceded in death by his parents and niece, Lorie Volker. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes will take place at Trowbridge Cemetery at a later time. Contributions in memory of Mark may be made to the Otsego Public Schools Foundation for the Lorie Volker Honey Badger Scholarship, Otsego United Methodist Church or to Wings of Hope Hospice. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Winkel Funeral Home
Winkel Funeral Home
207 E Allegan Street
PO Box 165
Otsego, MI 49078