Roland Anthony “Ron” Breimayer, 86, formerly of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away on June 19, 2017, in Hot Springs Village, AR, where he had made his home since 2003.
A Mass of Resurrection will take place Saturday July 15, 2017, at 11 AM in the sanctuary of Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 295 Balearic Rd, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909. Interment and an informal reception in the church hall will follow the service.
Ron is preceded in death by his wife Virginia and sons Joel Richard and James Roland Breimayer, and he will be interred with Virginia and Joel on the grounds of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He is survived by seven loving children and their spouses, the children in birth order including Bill (Gayle) Breimayer, Bob (Paty) Breimayer, Paul (Danielle) Breimayer, Ron (Connie) Breimayer, Beth Ann (Jack) Huffner, Tom Robinson, and Dave Breimayer, thirteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, his brother Joe (Peggy) Breimayer, and sisters Mary (Ron) Fredricks, and Barbara Kline.
Ron was born in Belding, Michigan, to Crystal and Ronald Breimayer, worked on the family farm while growing up, graduated from Belding High School in 1949 and from Ferris Institute (now Ferris State University) with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1953. Ron was drafted into the Army and served in the medical corps until his discharge. On January 2, 1954, he and Virginia Cecile Tazelaar of Kent County, Michigan, were married at Fort Meade in Maryland. Ron and Virginia returned to Michigan in 1956 where he practiced as a pharmacist, purchasing the Reilly Drug store at Fulton and Arthur streets in Grand Rapids and operating it until his retirement. In 2003, Ron, Virginia and their son Joel moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.
Ron and Virginia raised eight sons and one daughter despite limited resources while being very active in the church and sponsoring a Vietnamese refugee family for a period of two years. Ron was also active with his sons in restoring cars and, together with Virginia, was a generous donor to a wide range of charities focused on helping those in need.
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The Lord brought home my brother Roland (known as “Bud” in our family) on the completion of the Feast of Corpus Christi (in first hour of the next day, June 19, 2017). It is a fitting end to my brother's earthly life for Corpus Christi is a celebration of the Holy Eucharist and he truly believed in Jesus' words: “This is my body...this is my blood.” (Mark 14: 22-24) Bud gave his life to the Lord and witnessed to the living presence of God among us.
In our phone calls over the years Bud often spoke of his spiritual journey and I jotted down some of what he shared. In 2005 he told me of a time when he was tired of worrying about his erratic heartbeat. He said he gave God his every heartbeat and every breath for the rest of his life. God answered him: “ I don't want your heartbeat or your breath—I want your entirety.”
In our final conversation a few days before he died, Bud made an effort to speak but his words were garbled. A few days later while at Mass my heart was wrenched by the memory. Just before communion I felt drawn by the Holy Spirit to offer Bud's final incomprehensible words to God along with the communion offering of Jesus' Body and Blood. I realized that Bud died with Christ and now he lives in the Resurrected Christ. And I take comfort in the belief that we are all walking closer to God WITH BUD in the Communion of Saints.
In Loving Memory of my Brother, Barbara Breimayer Klein.