George M. Bruder, 94, passed away on Sunday, January 7

George M. Bruder, 94, of Benton Harbor, MI, the youngest of 10 siblings, passed away at his residence on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI.

 George was born on April 8, 1923 in Eau Claire, MI to the late Gottlieb and Amelia (Tews) Bruder. He served his country in the U.S. Army as a medic in the Pacific Theater from 1943-1946 during WWII while stationed in the Philippines. On July 2, 1949 he married Vera Elmore-Watson; she preceded him in death on Dec. 16, 1998. George worked at Gast Manufacturing, retiring in 1987. He was a house painter, loved walking, gardening, yardwork, and tinkering. He was more concerned about others than he was with himself and he would go out of his way to help others. He was jovial and quick witted and to know George was to love him. He especially enjoyed riding his bike, and did so daily with a 10 mile ride until age 89. George was also a member of the United Methodist Peace Temple in Benton Harbor for 50 years.

George is survived by his daughters – Linda (Tim) Dew of Jenison, MI and Sandra (Jim) Ridley of South Haven, MI: son – Ronnie (Arlene) Watson of Berrien Springs, MI; daughter-in-law Virginia Watson of Eau Claire, MI; 9 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and special friend Marie Taylor. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, a son C. Eddie Watson, a granddaughter, 3 brothers and 6 sisters.

 A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11, 11:30am at Starks & Menchinger Chapel in St. Joseph. Visitation with the family precedes the service from 10:30-11:30am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Caring Circle Hospice. The family wishes to thank care givers Judy and Olga and our sincere gratitude to Suzanne Schultz for her loving care and amazing friendship. Friends may leave condolence messages for the family at  

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