John L. Brubaker

John Leslie Brubaker passed away February 14, 2023 at the age of 64.

He was a devoted and loving husband to his spouse of 42 years, Patricia (McAvoy) Brubaker, as well as the best father to daughters Shawna (Jon Fellows) and Tricia.  John was lovingly known as “Tool-man” due to his ability to be able to fix anything, anytime.  John had a huge heart and an even larger laugh.  Those who had a chance to meet him, remember his sarcastic charm and overall devotion to all the ladies in his life.  Some of John’s hobbies include reading owner’s manuals on various DIY projects, completing his GI Joe collection and playing jokes on his family.  John owned a successful jewelry store and in his retirement he enjoyed mowing the grounds of Burchfield Park with his longtime friend.

Aside from being survived by his wife and daughters, John leaves behind his two beloved granddaughters, Isabella and Elizabeth Fellows, grandcats Samwise and Saffron, as well as his reluctant cat, Oreo.

Per his request, his cremation has taken place and a small visitation service will take place on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, beginning at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, 2121 Cedar St., Holt, MI 48842. The family asks that any donations made in John’s honor go towards the Mary-Free Bed Orthotics & Prosthetics, 200 N. Homer St. A, Lansing, MI, 48912, so others can walk again like him.

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Aileen Bates Fonda
February 15, 2023 at 9:18 pm

My heart is breaking for this kind gentle man. He and I had great fun together and as so many have said, his laugh was infectious. What a character! God’s speed, my friend. May our Lord wrap His arms around John’s family and we, his Holt
Rams of 1976.

Pete Pline
February 16, 2023 at 7:22 am

I’m so sorry to hear this Pat. You are in my prayers. May God bring you and your beautiful family peace. Rest in peace John.
Pete Pline

Linda Burnham
February 16, 2023 at 10:27 am

John was a nice Jewelry guy. So sorry for losing him

Christina L Dove
February 16, 2023 at 10:44 am

Papa John was a kind, loving, and generous soul. I will always be grateful for his presence in my life, and for the fact that I was included as one of his ‘girls’. Godspeed Papa.

Richard D Adado
February 16, 2023 at 1:23 pm

I knew both John & Pat, I knew his father also, we had a lot of Great Times when he was in the Jewelry business, and taken trips to Troy, Mi. to buy different things at the Advance Building. I lost track of John when he retired out of the business, but he became a Very Good Teacher,
Very Lucky Students to have him as a Teacher—He will be missed–God has a place for him,
and his Good Personality——

Elizabeth Howard
February 16, 2023 at 1:33 pm

John and I laughed a lot during our appointments together-he had the best laugh! He was funny, very kind and just the right amount of sarcastic. Between the silly pet stories and life observations his main focus was always the lovely women in his life-Pat, Shawna, Tricia and his granddaughters. He loved you all so much and I could tell that he delighted in the time he spent with his girls. He always seemed so proud of his family and I am tremendously sorry for your loss. I will miss him too.

February 16, 2023 at 3:53 pm

I’ll consider it an act of God that Pat prompted me to talk with John last month. We’ve all been friends and worked together from many years back. It had just been too long since we’d picked up the phone.

Jody Washington
February 16, 2023 at 6:30 pm

Pat, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your husband. I can’t even begin to imagine your loss. I know there are no appropriate words for comfort, but I do want you to know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Beth & Jay Graham
February 16, 2023 at 7:05 pm

So sorry to read this. Remembering the fun times at North School with our girl scout events and John making the fastest cars at the Pine Wood Derby from his master jewelry making skills. Take care Pat and family.

Ruth Brouwer
February 18, 2023 at 11:11 am

Pat, I’m am so sorry to hear this. My heart hurts for you and your family. May God give you strength and comfort now and in the days ahead. Sending love and hugs.

Sharon Scott
February 18, 2023 at 1:48 pm

I am so sorry for your loss family met a best friend doing our job will always keep y’all in my prayers love always Sharon as a green coat

Lisa Lalley
February 18, 2023 at 1:57 pm

I so much enjoyed working with John in the tunnel for the MSU accountability team We got to know each other and all his characteristics listed in his obituary. What a great guy!

Jennifer Martin
February 18, 2023 at 7:52 pm

Prayers for the family. I worked with John at Lowe’s, a great guy to work with.

Roger Shaffer
February 19, 2023 at 6:58 pm

Can’t be there to give you a hug but my thoughts and prayers are with you, your kids, and oh my gosh grandkids, at best they got grandpa time.

Tim Buckley
February 21, 2023 at 1:28 pm

My heart goes out to you all for your loss. We go back many years and became friends in a short amount of time at the park. John would always take the time to listen and offer his wise advice or share and idea to improve on something at the park. It didn’t matter if it was personal troubles or work-related, he was always there to help. We have some great memories, loads of laughs, and sometimes deep talks. I’ll miss you my old friend and I’ll never forget the times we shared together.

Celestine Starks
February 23, 2023 at 11:05 am

Sharon and I are sisters, we are MSU GreenCoats who serve at numerous events across the campus and briefly this gentle man appeared in our lives on several occasions to share, laugh, inspire and help us with our assignment however small or great. We believe what scriptures says regarding one “delighting his or herself in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Mr. John Brubaker did this, one of his desires was to serve, he did this with Sharon and I in whatever way possible as we worked with him at MSU Basketball events, WOW, how blessed we both were to know him, witness his kindness and him speaking about his love for his family and grandchildren. GreenCoats , Celeste and Sharon


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