Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 4, 2013

Max C. 'Buzz' Gabourie

TRAVERSE CITY — Max Clinton “Buzz” Gabourie, 63, of Traverse City, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, after battling a lengthy illness, passed on to a better place on April 2, 2013. Max was born on Sunday, Aug. 7, 1949, to Max C. and Patricia A (DeWitt) Gabourie in Traverse City.

He graduated from Traverse City High School and served our country as a member of the U.S. Army.

He retired from Traverse City Area Public Schools after a 26 year career in the maintenance department.

He is survived by his wife, Roni; his mother, Patricia Stratton; his sisters, Maxine and Carolyn; and his brother, Mike. He is also survived by his children, Brian, Maria, Kelly and Marjorie. Max also enjoyed his 11 grandchildren.

“Buzz,” as he was known by many, was a real car enthusiast. From repair to collecting classic cars, it was truly one of his passions. Max loved to sing and host karaoke. He enjoyed encouraging others to be brave and get up and try it themselves.

We are all going to miss him very much. Have fun fishing - we love you!

Besides Roni, his other favorite girl was “Annie,” his little pooch and best friend, always loyal and always by his side.

Visitation for Max will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens with military rites provided by the Honor Guard of Cherryland VFW Post 2780 and the American Legion.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.

Please share your memories of Buzz with his family by way of the online guestbook at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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