Samuel Fredrick Braley

Samuel Fredrick Braley was born on November 25, 1950 in South Lyon, Michigan.  He was the son of Samuel Howard and Charlotte Mae (Thompson) Braley. Sam proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, where he was stationed in Germany before deploying to Vietnam. Over the years, he held many different positions in the construction and manufacturing industries. Before retiring, he was employed as a line worker at Dundee Plastics in Dundee, Michigan for two years.

A free spirit, Sam wandered across the country to wherever his heart led him. Again and again he found himself at his favorite destination, San Antonio, Texas. Sam would often find work as a day laborer. He frequently talked about his experience erecting a rodeo ring. Sam also enjoyed listening to classic country music and watching Western movies. A talkative and friendly person, Sam never met a stranger. More than anything else, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Samuel Fredrick Braley, age 71, of Dundee, Michigan passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2022 at Springcreek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Adrian, Michigan. His passing was preceded by his parents; an infant sister; seven sisters: Judy Braley, Susie Braley, Mary Wilkins, Maxine Braley, Gertrude Fuller, Martha Daugherty, and Ida Daugherty; five brothers: Floyd Daugherty, Clayton Daugherty, Lawerance Daugherty, Robert Daugherty, and Howard Braley; and his former wife: Sandy Pinkerton. 

To cherish his memory, he leaves his daughter: Joyce Dawn Braley; three sisters: Margaret (Arthur) Fuller, Barbara Patterson, and Arlene Hall; two brothers: George Braley and Samuel Blankenship; and his longtime girlfriend: Connie Sype.  

Friends may gather on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 10:30am until 12:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, Dundee; 297 Tecumseh Street, Dundee, Michigan 48131 (734) 529-3156. A Celebration of Samuel’s Life will be held at 12:00pm also at Merkle’s with Pastor Scott Evans of Abundant Life Apostolic Church in Hamilton, Ohio officiating. Procession to Oak Grove Cemetery in Dundee will follow for interment with military honors provided under the auspices of the Dundee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6462.

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