Ronald James Brunelle

November 5, 1935July 10, 2018

Ronald James Brunelle was born November 5, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan to William and Aurelia Brunelle. He was one of two children. Ronald passed away in Superior Township, Michigan on Tuesday July 10, 2018 at the age of 82.

Ronald was the beloved husband of Joann until she went to prepare a place in Heaven for him in 2015. Loving father of Deborah (her husband Charles) Sewell, Ronald (his wife Tracey) Brunelle, and Christine (her husband Tony) Saurini. Dear brother of Bill (his wife Louise) Brunelle. Proud grandfather of Alexandria Brunelle and Brendan Brunelle. Ronald will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Ronald was a proud Fifth Level Executive at GM and retired after 32 years in 1993. He was a Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He loved music, fishing, hunting, and golfing with his two youngest children, Christine(Tony) and Ronnie. He enjoyed boating with his father as a child, and later with his sons Ronnie and Charles. Ronald also loved all shades of blue, traveling with his "beautiful wife", and most of all, simply being with his family.

Ronald's family will receive guests for a visitation on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. at Harry J. Will Funeral Home 37000 Six Mile, Livonia, Michigan 48152. There will be an opportunity to share memories and stories at 7pm.

Ronald will be laid to rest with his "beautiful wife" on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, 25800 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48033. The committal service will be led by Father Henry Roodbeen.

Serving as pallbearers are Charles H. Sewell - Son in Law, Ronald J. Brunelle II - Son, Tony Saurini - Son in Law, Brendan Brunelle - Grandson, Gary Kost Jr. - Nephew and Andrew Kost - Nephew.

Contributions in Ronald's memory may be made to Alzheimers Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, Michigan 48033,

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared in the guest book


  • The late William and Aurelia Brunelle, Parents
  • The late Joann Brunelle, Wife
  • Bill (his wife Louise) Brunelle, Brother
  • Deborah (her husband Charles) Sewell, Daughter
  • Ronald (his wife Tracey) Brunelle II, Son
  • Christine (her husband Tony) Saurini, Daughter
  • Alexandria Brunelle, Granddaughter
  • Brendan Brunelle, Grandson
  • Ronald will also be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.

  • Charles H. Sewell - Son in Law, Pallbearer
  • Ronald J. Brunelle II - Son, Pallbearer
  • Tony Saurini - Son in Law, Pallbearer
  • Brendan Brunelle - Grandson, Pallbearer
  • Gary Kost Jr. - Nephew, Pallbearer
  • Andrew Kost - Nephew, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, July 19, 2018

Ronald James Brunelle

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Ron Brunelle II

July 20, 2018

The Detroit news hunter safety clinics, golf weekend at the Dream, Saturday trips to Boblo, family vacations to Indian River, breakfast outside with the family, cruising the Indian River. These Dad and many, many other great memories are what I'll remember and cherish for the rest of my life. I know that you are resting peacefully with mom in heaven and some day I will be with you in beautiful place they call God's kingdom. I will miss you very much. It's now time for me to build memories with my son the same way you and I did. Love you very much Dad!

David Holmes

July 18, 2018

Uncle Ron, the laughs and adventures we had these past few years I will cherish for the rest of my life. You were a great and fun loving man. The stories I can share for a lifetime and the memories will always warm my heart and make me smile. I'm going to miss my fishing buddy. I love you

Ashley Kost

July 18, 2018

Uncle Ron, I didn’t have the privilege of knowing you the way my “new” family does but if Debbie is any hint of what kind of people you and Aunty Jo were, I know I certainly missed out! I will continue to enjoy hearing all the stories from Chuck! May you rest easy, Sir!

Angela Kost

July 17, 2018

The gentle giant..a godly man ...a loving man...a kind man...a funny man...a family man...a husband a grandfather...a man of gentle words ..a man that has been in my life from childhood to Lake weekends ...the Indian River memories are the gifts of love you gave me forever...... I love you my gentle Uncle with the are home.....your little varment (ang) that’s the names you always called me....💙

Gary Kost

July 17, 2018

Uncle Ron, I always enjoyed visiting with you and just hanging. You Sir are a true gentleman And a man to be looked up to and respected. You treated others with dignity yet expected nothing in return and carried yourself with a true humbleness. I had a lot of good times hanging at your house and at the big IR.
In a world gone crazy Sir you will really be missed as we are in need of true men like yourself!
God speed my friend, love ya ❤️

Debbie Brunelle

July 17, 2018 daughter could love her Daddy more than I loved you. You were not only my Dad, but my best friend, I have a flood of memories that I will cherish and hold close to my heart for the rest of my life. You were an amazing man Dad. Rest easy now Dad and give a big kiss and hug to Mom.

Until we see each other again Dad... I love you and I will miss you terribly....Debbie

Tracey Smith-Brunelle

July 17, 2018

Thank you for the gift of your Son, and for welcoming me into the family. I have many fond memories of my time Up North with you & Mom. Things changed in this family when Mom passed away, and not all for the good. Why ... that's a good question and I may never understand. Don't think for one minute that I didn't think about you often or stop loving you ❤.You're in God's arms now, may you find eternal peace, and happiness now that you have been reunited with Mom.
Always .... Tracey

Alexandria Brunelle

July 17, 2018

Rest In Peace, Grandpa. I love you.

Gary Kost

July 15, 2018

You always knew how to make people laugh with cracking a joke especially when you chuck and I would take an adventure. You were an amazingly kind heart man and a great friend. You will be missed my lots but forgotten by none. Love the time I got to spend with ya rather it was fishing at kenisgton or taking a trip to the gun shop. Gunna miss ya like crazy but give all our family a big hug.

Love ya Uncle Ron

Andrew Kost

July 15, 2018

You were one of the most caring individuals that I knew, who would have given the shirt off your back if someone needed it. I will never forget all the times that you and Auntie Jo would make when you were in town from Indian River. You will truly be missed Uncle Ron. I’m glad that you’re with Auntie Jo up in heaven now.

Love you,