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D.O. Robert Burton Breckenfeld

February 21, 1944 August 1, 2012
D.O. Robert Burton Breckenfeld
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Robert Burton Breckenfeld D.O., a resident of Brighton, and native of Okemos, died unexpectedly after suffering a heart attack in northern Michigan on August 1, 2012.

Born in Kirksville, Missouri, on February 21, 1944, Bob was the son of Irving James Breckenfeld and Helen Adele Burton Breckenfeld. He grew up in Okemos, Michigan, having moved there with his family when he was four years old. After graduating from Okemos High School, he attended Michigan State University, and later Chicago Osteopathic School of Medicine. He began his career at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan, after finishing medical school. "Dr. B.", as he was affectionately called, would go on to practice for over thirty-seven years as an Emergency Room physician at Botsford.

In addition to practicing medicine, Bob had many other interests. His blood ran green, and consequently the fall and winter months were always scheduled around the next MSU football or basketball game. He religiously played golf with his childhood friends Vern, Ron, and brother Bill. Bob loved music and frequently attended folk and country music concerts with friends. He loved playing the guitar, and became more familiar with the piano in his later years. Bob spent many hours outdoors, as he loved all aspects of nature. He was an avid birdwatcher, enjoyed photographing landscapes, and spent much time trekking through various habitats.

Bob and his first wife, Debbie, married and moved to Milford, Michigan, in 1975. There they raised their four children, Jill, Jane, John and Joyce. Bob passed along his love for nature and sports to all of his children, as he frequently spent time with them outside gardening, going on walks, tending the apple tree, pitching softballs and shooting baskets. Bob was his kids' biggest fan, as he faithfully attended their softball and baseball games, basketball games, cross country and track meets, piano recitals and vocal music concerts.

After divorcing later in life, Bob married Kathleen Lustig, a lovely woman who Bob dearly cherished. Together, Bob and Kathy enjoyed traveling regularly, gardening, remodeling a home on the Huron River, and spending time with family. "Grandpa Breck" and "Nana Kathy" often took their older grandchildren on exciting excursions, going to parks, fishing, visiting nearby zoos, and even staying the weekend in the city of Chicago. Bob lovingly cared for Kathy as she faced cancer twice, and was devastated when she passed away in January of 2011.

Bob was blessed with many dear friends from all seasons of his life. He never lost contact with many childhood friends from Okemos, including his best friend and neighbor, Bob DeLind. He also enjoyed spending time regularly with colleagues from Botsford and friends and family of Kathy. In recent months, Bob became reaquainted with Linda Miller Rockey, a friend from high school who he called his 'compa�era'. Linda provided Bob friendship and comfort after the tragic loss of Kathy. His faithful friend Nellie, a Labradoodle, accompanied him on several walks daily and provided him much joy.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen M. (Lustig) Breckenfeld, and is survived by his children, Jill (Ben) Thompson, Jane Breckenfeld, John Breckenfeld, and Joyce (Nick) Rundlett; grandchildren, Jamin, Leah, Kort, & Sean Thompson; step-children, Jack Hanlon and Karyn (Aaron) Bocko; brothers, Jim (Ginny) and Bill Breckenfeld; his extended family and many, many dear friends who join his family in both mourning his passing and giving thanks for his life among them.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 600 E. Main Street, Brighton, on Thursday, August 9, at 11AM. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3-9PM and on Thursday from 10AM until the time of service. Memorials may be made in his name to the Huron River Watershed Council 1100 N. Main St., #210, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or to The Kite Network (Grief Counselor Training), c/o Christy Miller 4624 Packard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48108. For further information please phone 810-229-2905.

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