TRAVERSE CITY — Walter T. “Buzz” DeBaene Jr., age 77, a lifetime resident of Rochester until retiring and moving to Traverse City 10 years ago, died Sept. 10, 2013, at Munson Medical Center.
Buzz was a 1955 graduate of Rochester High School and a 1959 graduate of Notre Dame University.
He retired from Textron Automotive Co. and was a former member and board member of Great Oaks Country Club. He also was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, loved hunting, fishing and playing golf with a one handicap.
He was the beloved husband of Patty Evanson DeBaene, whom he married Sept. 13, 1958; and proud father of Joseph DeBaene, Angela (Gregory) Buser, Sally (Terry) McCarthy and Joanie (Jud) Gibson. Also surviving are his 14 spectacular grandchildren and his cherished four great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Mary Lee (Walter) Kowalczyk, Janice Bossin, Diane Dimoff and Joanie Warrington; former father-in-law and friend of Jim Kirby; son of the late Walter and Sally DeBaene; and a friend of Bill W. for 37 years.
A funeral liturgy will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1400 Inglewood at Northwood St., Rochester, with burial in Mt. Avon Cemetery. Visitation will be today and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Drive in downtown Rochester, with a rosary being recited on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Buzz’s family would greatly appreciate that memorial contributions in his memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Patty and her family would like to sincerely thank Dr. S. Lee Warnaar and the staff of Munson Medical Center for the loving and tender care shown their husband, father and grandfather during the days prior to his “home-going.”
Arrangements are by Pixley Funeral Home; www.pixleyfuneralhome.com.