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Michael Brown

December 25, 1939 - March 11, 2024
Mattawan, MI


Committal Service

Friday, July 12, 2024
2:30 PM EDT
Fort Custer National Cemetery
15501 Dickman Rd
Augusta, MI 49012
(269) 731-4164


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Kalamazoo Humane Society
2272 River St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
(269) 345-1181
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Wings of Hope Hospice
530 Linn Street, Suite A
Allegan, MI 49010
(269) 686-8659
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Life Story / Obituary


Michael Brown of Mattawan, age 84, died on March 11, 2024. Michael was born December 25, 1939 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy Brown; his brother, William Brown; and his son, Shawn Brown.

Surviving are his wife, Bette Zawacki; daughter, Natalie (Mark) Rose; daughter-in-law, Tracey Brown; grandchildren: Michael (Kayla) Brown, Madison Brown, Zoey ( Erik ) Dekker, Aaron ( Olivia) Rose; and several great-grandchildren.

Michael was very passionate about serving his community as a police officer for many many years. He made several lasting friendships while working at the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department.

Burial will take place Friday, July 12 at 2:30 PM at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Visit Michael’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos, and to sign his guestbook. Memorial contributions can be made to Wings of Hope Hospice 530 Linn Street, Allegan, MI. 49010 (269) 686-8659 or the Kalamazoo Humane Society.