Ronald Lee Braak, age 85 of Grand Haven, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids. He was born on April 26, 1934 in Spring Lake, MI to the late Albert and Kathryn (Ruiter) Braak. Ron married Dorah Evans on July 13, 1955 in Grand Haven.
Ron worked and owned and operated Braak’s Bakery from 1957 until his retirement in 1990. He was a veteran of the United States Army, and was a lifelong member of Second Reformed Church, where he served as a deacon and elder for many years as well as on the grounds committee. He was involved with the Grand Haven Habitat for Humanity for 15 years, loved helping out at Grand Haven Christian Haven Home making pig in the blankets every year, and was also involved with Grand Haven area food trucks. Ron enjoyed anything to with sports, especially watching his grandchildren play whatever sports they were playing and was a huge Grand Haven Buccaneer sport fans. Ron had a great memory for people’s names and relationships, loved family gatherings, holidays, birthday parties and of course, he made many of the birthday cakes.
Ron is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorah; daughter, Cheryl (Mike) Payne, and their children, Mitch Payne, William & Jacob Montgomery; sons, Dan (Debbie) Braak, and their children, Samuel & Audrey Braak; Jeff (Debbie) Braak, and their children, Derek, Isaac and Jason Braak; great-grandchildren, Norah and Ari; sister, Joyce (Roy) Overway; sister-in-law, Judie Braak; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Braak in 2015; and sister-in-law, Sally Engle in 2019.
The Funeral Service for Ron will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Second Reformed Church, with Pastor Dan Eisnor officiating. Friends are invited to greet the family from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Klaassen Family Funeral Home, and also on Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Full Military honors will be performed by the Charles A. Conklin American Legion Post #28. Interment will be at Grand Haven Township Lakeshore Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Second Reformed Church or Grand Haven Christian Haven Home.
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Second Reformed Church
1000 Waverly Avenue, Grand Haven MI 49417
Christian Haven Home
704 Pennoyer Ave., Grand Haven MI 49417