John Brundage

June 1, 1931April 17, 2021

Honorable John Marshall Brundage, age 89, of Marshall, Michigan, died April 17, 2021. He was born June 1, 1931 in Lafayette, Indiana; graduated Albion College 1954 & Northwestern University Law School 1958. Albion, Michigan, City Attorney, Calhoun County Juvenile Court Judge 1973-1994. Served 3 years in the Army Reserve.

Under his supervision and with a remarkable staff, the Calhoun County Juvenile Court was considered a role model statewide and nationwide for meeting the needs of juveniles and families and preventing recidivism. John served 21 years on the faculty for the Michigan Supreme Court, teaching court and DHS staff. He loved sports events, nature, living in the country, travel, and entertaining friends with his jokes and great sense of humor.

He loved his family, including 5 children and 9 grandchildren.

A private celebration of John's life is planned for a future date. Memorials may be made to a food bank, the Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Humane Society, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or a charity of the donor's choice.

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Mineka Lias

April 27, 2021

To the Brundage Family,
I give my deepest and sincerest condolences. I had only met Judge Brundage once ,at the age of 4 when I became a naturalized citizen. My mom laughs about that day often. He put me on the bench and let me say the pledge of allegiance in front of everyone( lol, I got most of it wrong!). Thank you for my forever home!

Mineka Rae Lias

Carol Davis-McKinney

April 22, 2021

To Barbara and the entire Brundage family, I extend my deepest sympathy to all. I have many fond memories of being at the Brundage home when I was younger. May the Lord wrap you in his arms and comfort you.
Carol Davis-McKinney


April 22, 2021

Sympathy for you Susie. John was one of my favorite fellow probate judges and you were one of my favorite judge's wives.

Joyce Spicer

April 20, 2021

I had the occasion to meet him when my unlicensed young daughter had been allowed by her older brother to drive with a missing tail light. Stopped by police, she was required to meet with Judge Brundage who threatened to send her to a juvenile home as a result. She was scared out of her wits, I was alerted he had no intention of following through but he wanted to teach her a lesson. I enjoyed the encounter!

Mary Moore

April 20, 2021

He was the best Judge that I ever appeared before. We will not see a Judge or lawyer with his degree of humanity or common sense again soon.

Jeffrey Schubel

April 19, 2021

From the courthouse to the canoe, John was always a delight.
He will be missed by all who knew him.

Our deepest sympathy to your family.

The Schubel family
Jeff, Dian, Adam, & Regan