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Ralph Rufus Brotherton

April 5, 1937 ~ September 10, 2022 (age 85) 85 Years Old


Ralph Rufus Brotherton, 85, of Lakeside, Michigan died peacefully Saturday, September 10, 2022 in the presence of his family.

His life began April 5, 1937 in Howell, Missouri the youngest of twelve children born to Gerdine and Velma Brotherton. He married Carol J. Payne February 6, 1960 in Groton, Connecticut.    

Ralph served honorably in submarine service with the United States Navy for twenty years.  He retired from the Navy and then began working for NIPSCO in Michigan City, Indiana. He worked for them until his retirement.  He was a member of the New Buffalo American Legion Post #169.  He would strike up conversation with anyone and he was generous and well-liked person.    

Ralph will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Carol of Lakeside; sons, Robert Brotherton of Lakeside; one daughter-in-law, Mary Brotherton of Sawyer, one grandson, Adam (Sarah) Bucher; great grandchildren, Kole, Kelsey; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Kenneth Brotherton, Stephen Brotherton; five sisters; and six brothers.

Family and friends will gather for a graveside service at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2022 in Glendora Cemetery, 13266-13088 Cleveland Avenue, Buchanan, Michigan 49107, where he will be accorded Military Honors. 

Mr. Brotherton will be laid to rest with his sons in Glendora Cemetery.

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Graveside Service
September 29, 2022

1:00 PM
Glendora Cemetery
13266-13088 Cleveland Avenue
Buchanan, MI 49107


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