Brock Schrader, 33

Brock T. Schrader, age 33, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at his home in Mendon. He was born in Sturgis on July 21, 1977 the son of Tom and Mary (Orbeck) Schrader. Brock’s bright smile, charismatic personality and loving nature made him a joy to be around. He was the type of friend a friend would like to have. Brock was a true “Son of Mendon” and loved the “Green and White”. A graduate of the class of 1996, he excelled in sports, and was always proud of helping to lead the Hornets to two State Championships in football.

After graduating, Brock spent a short time in Lansing and Chicago, but his heart was always called to home. Like so many of his friends, he had a passion for nature and being outdoors. He loved to fish and hunt, and looked forward to the seasons each year. He also loved music, and always played it just loud enough so everyone could hear. There are fond memories of summer nights spent around the swimming pool with music, drinks, and plenty of laughter to go around. He also had developed a passion for cooking, and was on his way to become a natural around the kitchen. His greatest passion however, was spending time with his family and friends, those people he loved and cared for. His heart and home were always open to those in need, and all who knew him were the better for it. He was a rock in the foundation of his family; a loving son, brother, grandson, and uncle whose place at the holidays, family gatherings, and memorable moments will be forever missed.

He leaves to cherish his memory his parents; a sister, Katie (Ryan) Lukeman; nieces Graye “Graycie” and Kylie Lukeman; nephew Evan Lukeman; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and great friends. He was preceded in death by four grandparents, Garret and Grace Orbeck, Duane Schrader, and Arlene Moyer.

A memorial celebration of Brock’s life will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Second Reformed Church, 2323 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 beginning at 2:00 pm with Pastor Kevin Hart officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the services. and a reception will follow. A private interment of his ashes will take place later. Memorials contributions may be directed to either Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, or to the Mendon Community Schools Foundation. An online register is available and condolences may be left for the family at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com

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