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Remembering Russ Braden

Long-time Guild member Russ Braden passed away on February 26. Russ was involved in many shows and was a huge supporter of live theatre and the Guild. We remember him fondly, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cathy and his family. We dim our lights in his memory.

His obituary as printed in the Times Herald, via Legacy.com:

Col. Russ BradenColonel Russell James “Russ” Braden, USMC (Ret), 86, of Fort Gratiot, formerly of Marysville, left this earth to guard the Gates of Heaven with his fellow Marines on Monday, February 26, 2018.

He was born June 6, 1931, in Flint to the late Carl and Louise Braden. He married M. Catherine Doolan on August 22, 1953, in Flint.

Col Braden earned his undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan. He served 31 years in the U.S. Marine Corps in active and reserve service, with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, in Korea, and he was a longtime member of the 1st Battalion 24th Marines. He retired from Chrysler Corporation as Business Practices Executive. He was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church and choir, the St. Clair Theatre Guild, Port Huron Civic Theater, the City of Marysville Charter Commission, and American Legion J. Edward Mallorey Post #449.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cathy; four children, Col James (Patricia) Braden, USMC (Ret), Lt Col Thomas (Johanna) Braden, USMC (Ret), Brian Braden, and Catherine Braden; seven grandchildren, John Hartig, and Katherine, Samuel, Rachel, Alexander, Benjamin, and Matthew Braden; his brother, Franklin Braden; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Ford.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

Colonel Braden will lie in state from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in St. Christopher Catholic Church.

Burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. His sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Great Lakes Caring. To send condolences, visit pollockrandall.com

Dave Wilkie, 1933-2013

Longtime Guild member Dave Wilkie passed away last Tuesday, December 10th. As we remember him fondly, please keep Jo-Anne and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers.

Dave_WilkieDavid John Wilkie, 80, of St. Clair, slipped from the physical world on Dec. 10 after a series of health problems over the last two years. He was born in Detroit and graduated from Southeastern High School. An engineer, he and his brother Bill formed Wilkie Brothers, a conveyor manufacturer for mass assembly, in Detroit before relocating the firm to Marysville in 1985. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Dave worked for Chrysler for more than a decade in Indianapolis between two stints at Wilkie Brothers. But the arts – music, the stage and the visual arts – truly animated his life. A baritone who also sang tenor, he loved singing and would break into song at work, in taverns and while mowing the lawn. He sang with the Dearborn Community Chorale, St. Clair Community Singers, the St. Mary’s Choir and the male a cappella group Susquatch, which he cofounded. He sang as Davey O’Day for 17 St. Patrick’s Days at Murphy Inn. Dave performed in numerous St. Clair Theatre Guild productions and booked music for two decades for the St. Clair Art Fair. “He was always singing and laughing and wanted people to be up,” said Jo-Anne, his wife of 37 years.

Dave was preceded in death by his wife Marcelyn and their daughter Kristyn. He is survived by daughters Kathryn Dunn (John) and Lynda Campbell (Colin Powers); sons Scott (Mary), U.S. Army Col. David (Christine) and Robert; step-daughters Anne LaBrecque (Leon), Kathryn Klink (John) and Mary Poleto (Chris); 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. They will forever be filled by his irrepressible spirit.

Visitation in the L.C.Friederichs & Son Funeral Home, Monday from 3-8 PM with 7 PM rosary. In state Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Clair from 10 AM till mass at 11 AM.

Contributions in memory of Dave may be made to the St. Clair Art Association and/or St. Clair Theatre Guild.