Aaron David Brainard, died on July 20, 2013 in the Ann Arbor VA hospital, after battling health issues. Two of his sons were by his side as he peacefully passed.
Aaron lived a wonderful 87 years, born March 1, 1926, Glenwood, Minn. to Albert Leroy and Sarah Avis (Dill) Brainard. Aaron left the family farm when drafted into the Army and into the Korean War
. While serving, he learned how to install power lines which he did when he returned state side. That work led him to meet and marry Julia Cody Goodman, "Billie" on Nov. 26, 1948 in Cody, Wyo. Billie was a direct descendent of William F. Cody "Buffalo Bill Cody."
They traveled through the northern Midwest together as Aaron worked power line construction for four years. They settled in Pontiac where their first three children, Albert Finley, Lawrence Cody and Jeanette Lu were born then moved north to East Tawas in 1957 when Aaron purchased Schaaf Plumbing & Heating, Inc., which they owned and operated for the next several decades.
During that time they added to their family three more children, Roxanne Vee, Kenneth Bruce and David Leslie joined the family. This couple sacrificed to provide for their family and each of their children express their love and appreciation for their inspiration, dedication, service and love. Aaron set an example of service being done, not spoken about and of working from morning until nightfall, a life lesson learned on the family farm. His eighth grade education, in a one room school house laid a basic foundation, but it was his ability to fix anything, his work ethic and commitment to do the right thing that resulted his success in his family and business life.
After they sold the business, Aaron and Billie both enjoyed the hobby of ham radio and enjoyed developing new friendships. Aaron loved his brothers, Clifford Charles "Bud" and James Leroy "Jim" and his sisters, Virgiline Mae "Virgie," Catherine Arvilla "Cathy" and Lulu Belle "Lu."
He enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing, being outdoors and his two grandchildren, Katelyn and Nathan. His grandchildren shared his love of nature and their summer vacation to visit grandpa.
Despite leaving Minnesota for a job in Michigan, a large part of his heart was still attached to his family and the farm he grew up on. His family enjoyed and will miss the man they looked up to, learned from and knew he was always there for them. He didn't teach much by words, but taught by example. His work ethics were formed as he lived through the Great Depression. He taught by example that hard times come and you work through them. We love you, thank you being a wonderful husband, father and friend to those who were lucky enough to meet you. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Virgie and her daughter, Roxanne.
His family will welcome friends at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City on Saturday, July 27 for visitation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A military funeral honors service will take place at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Interment will take place privately in the Greenwood Cemetery in East Tawas following the honors service. An on-line guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.