Donald Bertrand VanBrussel, age 79, of Paw Paw, passed away at his home on February 14, 2021. He was born May 22, 1941 in Battle Creek, the son of the late Donald VanBrussel and Doris Robb. He started working at Portage Public Schools while still a student, graduating in 1959. He married Judy Oswalt on October 19, 1963 and they celebrated 55 years of marriage before she preceded him in death November 19, 2018. Donald owned and operated a portable sawmill and after retiring from Portage Schools, woodworking became his full time job and passion. He could always be found in his woodshop, reading mystery magazines, sneaking a cigarette or watching crime shows while building anything anyone wanted. He was affectionately known as "PaPa" and "Skunk", for the bad haircuts his wife gave him.
Donald is survived by his children, Stephen (Amy) VanBrussel, Kevin (Victoria) VanBrussel, Monica (Alan) Marler and Casey VanBrussel, grandchildren, Ethan and Aidan VanBrussel, Deven Kovell, Evynn VanBrussel and Chase, Andrew and Avery Marler, his sister, Vivian (Doug) Blakemore along with many nieces and nephews and his cat, Uno. "You finally won Dad"
There will be a visitation held Saturday, February 20, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, 502 West Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, where a funeral service will commence at 12:00 p.m. Cremation will follow. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the charity of your choice. For those unable to attend, services will also be streamed on Zoom beginning at 12:00 p.m. To attend services please copy the link below and paste to your web browser. You will need to contact the family or the funeral home for the passcode. You may call us at 269-657-6347 or email us prior to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2021.
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