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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI

OBITUARY

Christopher John Reaume

November 1, 1955October 29, 2019
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Christopher Reaume passed away October 29, about a week after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His ending was gentle and he had had so many visits and good wishes from family and friends. He left us just short of his 64th birthday. He was short in height. His wit was razor sharp and he was smart and so well read. He learned his craft as a farrier from his father, Gil, and his uncle, Robert, and he was proud of the skills he brought to each horse he trimmed or shod, whether it was an elderly pony or a prominent show horse. He was active in the Michigan Horseshoers Association. After the physical demands of horseshoeing took their toll on his back and knees, he worked as a carpenter and tackled that with the same commitment to good work. His final career was as a trucker and medical courier and he enjoyed those jobs, too. Chris was a talented musician. His fingers were like little lightning strikes on the guitar strings, so fast, so illuminating. He played with a number of mid-Michigan professional bluegrass bands and he played with family and friends. He like fishing, he liked driving horses, he liked great ideas and history. He suffered a stroke about three years ago, and he worked hard to carve out a new way to live with his physical disabilities. He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Reaume. He is survived by his mother, Janice Reaume; sisters, Mary Reaume Alvera and her family and Jeanne (Don) Van Wieren and her family. Memorial service at Gorsline Runciman Williamston Chapel, 205 E. Middle St., Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. Those desiring donations may be made to Leroy Twsp. Fire Dept. c/o NIESA, 1296 W. Grand River, Williamston, MI 48895. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.grwilliamston.com

  • DONATIONS

  • Leroy Twsp Fire Dept. c/o NIESA

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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Mary Ellen Reaume

November 1, 2019

Going back to the early sixties, when the cousins were all kids, Christopher and his family would come to visit us. He was younger than my three older brothers, he was shy and not as talkative back then, but he hung in there playing hard with them. There were times that he stayed overnight because he just didn’t want stop playing with the boys.

Those boyhood friendships grew into their adult lives. Playing their stringed instruments together was their new form of play. Family get togethers were always filled with music and it was always great to hear Christopher’s accomplished voice and strumming as part of those memorable years.

From your loving girl cousin - Mary Ellen

Jan Senneker

October 31, 2019

We were stunned and deeply saddened to learn of Chris's passing. As the years passed he no longer shod horses for us, but we kept in touch on Facebook, and enjoyed the music that he shared with his FB friends. He and Gil were two of the finest people it was ever my privilege to know, and they are profoundly missed. Our deepest sympathy to his family and all who knew and loved him.

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Christopher Reaume passed away October 29, about a week after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His ending was gentle and he had had so many visits and good wishes from family and friends. He left us just short of his 64th birthday.

He was short in height. His wit was razor sharp and he was smart and so well read. He learned his craft as a farrier from his father, Gil, and his uncle, Robert, and he was proud of the skills he brought to each horse he trimmed or shod, whether it was an elderly pony or a prominent show horse. He was active in the Michigan Horseshoers Association. After the physical demands of horseshoeing took their toll on his back and knees, he worked as a carpenter and tackled that with the same commitment to good work. His final career was as a trucker and medical courier and he enjoyed those jobs, too.

Chris was a talented musician. His fingers were like little lightning strikes on the guitar strings, so fast, so illuminating. He played with a number of mid-Michigan professional bluegrass bands and he played with family and friends. He like fishing, he liked driving horses, he liked great ideas and history. He suffered a stroke about three years ago, and he worked hard to carve out a new way to live with his physical disabilities.