|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1926|
|Death: ||Jul. 28, 2012|
Williams Edward Breakey
After a long illness, Bill passed away peacefully at his home on July 28, 2012, at the age of 86. Bill was born on February 26, 1926, in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Myrtle (Shultz) Breakey and brother, Hallis (Hal) Breakey. He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Susan (Rick) Hall; son, Thomas Breakey and grandson, Rutger Breakey. He is also survived by his sister, Eileen Walters; brother, Edwin Breakey; sister-in-law, Betty Breakey; nephews, Mark Walters, Bryan Breakey, Matthew (Barbara) Breakey; nieces, Jane (Craig) Brockhaus, Michelle (Mark) Przedwojewski; and several great nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Eaton Rapids High School, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until his honorable discharge in 1947. He then went to Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in economics in1954. Upon graduating, Bill purchased a 280 acre farm on Hagadorn Road in Mason, Michigan, where he developed and operated a successful dairy farm for over twenty years. He served as President of the Michigan Professional Dairy Farmers Association and the Lansing Milk Producers Association.
In his early forties, Bill began a second career in real estate which developed into commercial buildings and apartments throughout the state. He was very proud that his son, Tom, joined him in the business and eventually acquired and expanded Management Resources Development (MRD). Also, Bill was proud and happy to know that his grandson, Rutger, has joined the business since his recent graduation from Michigan State University and will soon be starting his first project.
Bill enjoyed building a home on the Cheboygan River and traveling the Great Lakes on his boat, "Zeus". Many times, he captained his boat to Mackinac Island and other ports on the waters of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. He also enjoyed an array of diverse hobbies which included working on his computer, listening to music and downloading songs, exercising, restoring several antique cars, including his favorite, a 1970's yellow Cadillac convertible, gardening, and enjoying his family and friends.
In his yard in Bath, Bill designed an incredible 17-foot waterfall that recycled 250 gallons of water per minute. This included a pond which contained Koi, Fantails, and different varieties of Goldfish, adorned by many plants and flowers. He was very proud of his landscape and loved to take his family and friends on a tour in his golf cart.
He will be greatly missed by his family, his friends, and his little dog, HoneyBelle. Special thanks to Carol for helping care for him during his last days.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906, Salvation Army, 525 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI, 48912, or Greater Lansing Food Bank, PO Box 16224, Lansing, MI 48901 in Bill's memory. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. Online condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com.
Created by: Glenn Geirland
Record added: Aug 26, 2012
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