Mr. Fred J. Brailey, Jr., born 84 years ago in Lansing, Mich., loving husband, father and grandfather, went to be with his Lord on December 16, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Helen Brailey; brother, Duane; sister, Mary; and close uncle, Benjamin Hervey (Frances) Barnhart.
Fred is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty; sons, Fred, Jr. (Nancy) and Dean (Jean); daughters, Claudia (Michael) Tiefenback, Lisa (Samuel) Carbaugh, and Kristine (Paul) Cecchini; and nieces and nephews. Eleven grandchildren will greatly miss him.
Fred served as a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant at the end of WWII. His career included 32 years with the FMC Corporation. He then worked as Kent County’s Deputy Register of Deeds, retiring in 1992.
Fred enjoyed retirement at the family cottage, sharing special moments at family events, and doing home projects. He served on various church councils as a founding member at new Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran churches in Little Rock, Ark., and Rockford, Mich.
The family will be receiving visitors on Thursday, Dec. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. Memorial services will be held on Friday, Dec. 23, at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4610 Belding Rd. NE, Rockford, with Rev. Jonathan Klein officiating. Condolences are welcome at www.pedersonfuneralhome.com. The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to Faith Hospice for their special care and concern, including nurses and staff, Mary Ellen, Mel, Colleen and Lisa. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Fred may be made to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, FaithHospiceCare.org, or the Humane Society of Kent County, 3077 Wilson NW, Walker, MI 49544.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.