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 Ronald Joseph Breimayer

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Ronald Joseph Breimayer

Birth
Belding, Ionia County, Michigan, USA
Death 18 Oct 1977 (aged 70)
Belding, Ionia County, Michigan, USA
Burial Belding, Ionia County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 82786466 View Source
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Ronald Joseph “Ron” Breimayer was a son of Anthony Carl “Tony” Breimayer and Mary Magdalene “Mamie” Kopp who raised six children on the family farm at 3321 Hawley Hwy, south of Belding, MI, which had been owned by Ferdinand Breimayer (Find A Grave Memorial 42883516) from 1877 until his death in 1901.  While growing up, Ron helped with farm chores before and after school and also hunted, trapped and fished to contribute to the family's resources.  From approximately 12 to 17 years old he lived with his maternal grandmother Carrie Kopp (Find A Grave Memorial 42958640) on the nearby Fisher/Kopp farm to help her after his grandfather Peter Kopp (Find A Grave Memorial 42958641) died.

Ronald married Crystal Helen Reeves on 23 JUN 1930, and they bought a small house on Broas Street in Belding where their first child was born.  Jobs were scarce due to the depression but Ron was given a set of black iron tools and told that if he could learn the trade, there would be jobs. Throughout the 1930's, he worked in refrigerator and automotive industries in Belding, Muskegon, Lansing and Pontiac, MI, where he practiced black iron finishing and the sheet metal trade. 

Ron did not like working in factories and around 1940 he was able to buy an 80-acre farm on Seeley Road south of Belding and near other Breimayer family farmers.  Three more children were born there and attended nearby one room Seeley School.  While Ron enjoyed farm life, Crystal was unhappy in the isolation and harsh conditions of living without indoor plumbing and, for a period of time, three children under the age of four.  In 1953 or 1954 they bought a house in Belding at 622 Alderman Street.  Ron gutted the interior, replaced walls and floors — a complete makeover — that commenced a new profession for Ron.  The farm house was rented out while Ron continued to farm the land until around 1965 when the farm was sold to Ted Albert (Find A Grave Memorial 73993673). 

In the 1950's Ron began to work in home remodeling and construction.  His grandfather, Peter Kopp, was a German immigrant who was skilled as a wheelwright and a carpenter in the German tradition of hand-carved cabinetry.  While Ron was too young to be trained by him, it seems evident that he inherited carpentry shills from his grandfather.  Ron worked as an independent remodeler for several decades, specializing in custom kitchen cabinets with unique features, such as bars (unheard of in the 1950's). 

A very hard worker all his life, he was stricken with emphysema and suffered for many years after he retired when he had hoped to enjoy hunting and fishing.  Ron was a genuinely kind person who loved his children and made endless sacrifices for them.  He was a devout Catholic who prayed the rosary and asked God for “patience and peace” as he struggled for breath.  In his final days he received our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and, even in a semi-comatose state, repeatedly reached for his rosary. 


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